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Friday, October 11, 2013

Flat Stanley and Ballet

Flat Stanley and Ballet

Most students today are familiar with Flat Stanley, the famous character featured in books dating from the 1960s.  Flat Stanley fits in an envelope, and thus easily travels the world.  He is often photographed in many famous and exotic places. 

Well, Flat Stanley has a place in the ballet classroom too.  He is a wonderful example of how a dancer’s body must stay in one piece (flat), with the shoulders aligned over the hips.  Since this can be a difficult thing to maintain, especially when turning, the image of Flat Stanley is very useful.

He is also helpful when it comes to understanding correct body facings and body alignment.  Flat Stanley always faces the corner of his square, never arches his back, and always maintains correct posture in pliés and jumps. 


From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret 5c:

 Flat Stanley is a good example of how to maintain posture and alignment.”


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“When we are flat on our backs there is no way to look but up.”

-          Roger Babson


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