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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Cats and Ballet

Cats and ballet go together like peanut butter and jelly.  The natural elegance and movement quality of a cat is fascinating to observe, and can be quite educational for a dancer.  In the above photo, the cat is exhibiting the “politely arrogant” (emphasis on “politely”) or “engagingly confident” attitude that should be present in a dancer’s demeanor as well (of course dancers would keep their eyes open).

I have two cats, and I love to watch them, especially in action.  The effortless preparations they use for their jumps, in particular, are nothing short of amazing.  If you have a cat, it is well worth your time to study their movements.  One of the most important things they can teach us is this:  They never “sit” or stop in a plié – something is always moving.  Their energy is being coiled…ready to pounce! 

Today’s secret from the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets is:

Secret 1f:  The dancer’s eye focus is slightly above eye level, with a “politely arrogant” expression.

Quote of the Day: 
 “Your best teacher is your last mistake.”

                -Ralph Nader


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