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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Baby Bird in the Hand

Baby Bird in the Hand

When teaching young students fifth en bas, or bra bas position of the arms, the shape of the hands is important.  In addition to the finger positions mentioned in previous posts, the overall shape of the hand is essential.

I use this image:  imagine holding a tiny baby bird, gently cradled in the palm of the hand.  The little fledgling should be held so it feels comfortable enough to fall asleep on its back, nestled up against the thumb.   This visual image works particularly well with very young beginners, but is also effective for everyone else.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #6d:
“To correctly shape the hand in fifth en bas, imagine cradling a sleeping baby bird.”

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-Henry Van Dyke


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