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Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Beach Balls and Giant Bowls

Beach Balls and Giant Bowls

When the arms are in fifth en avant (first) position, I use the common image of holding a beach ball.  When I work with young children I have an actual inflatable beach ball they can hold.  For older students who are still working on perfecting the curve of the arms, I use the visual image of a giant bowl, one that has a lip around the top.  The arms hold the bowl at this lip and the little fingers curve beneath it.  The bowl image works well for student who tend to have “karate” hands (held with the palms parallel to the floor) and flattened.

There are two schools of thought on the level of the arms in this position.  I teach my students that the hands are in front of the lower rib cage; but this position is also taught by having the hands placed in front of the belly button.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #6d:
“When the arms are in fifth en avant (first) position, imagine holding a beach ball or a giant bowl.  The little fingers curve underneath the rim of the bowl.”

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