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Sunday, October 20, 2013

Old Things in New Ways

Old Things in New Ways

When faced with the repetitive nature of a ballet class, day in and day out, it’s easy to fall into old habit patterns and old ways of thinking.  But if a dancer can come into each class with the goal of thinking about old things in new ways, it will help keep the class experience fresh and productive.  Do you always think of rond de jambes inscribing a half circle?   How about having them draw a giant “D” on the floor.  Working on elongating the neck?  Why not imagine wearing long dangling earrings and letting them catch the light.  A small change is all it takes.  You get the idea.

It works outside the classroom too.  I was reading recently about a woman who suddenly noticed that when leaves fall, every single one falls in a different and unique way.  We are all familiar with the notion that “no two snowflakes are alike”, but who thinks, or takes the time to notice the way leaves fall.  This is just one example of an interesting way to look at old familiar things with a new perspective.  It keeps life - and ballet class - interesting and fresh.


From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #7c:

“Think about old things in new ways.”


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“It is the function of art to renew our perception.  What we are familiar with we cease to see.  The writer shakes up the familiar scene, and, as if by magic, we see a new meaning in it.”

-          Anais Nin


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