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Friday, November 29, 2013

Fun Friday and Seymour

Fun Friday and Seymour

A useful object for the ballet classroom is a small model of a human skeleton.  The one I use is plastic – a simple Halloween decoration that is, surprisingly, pretty anatomically correct.  I also use drawings or charts when I want more detail, but Seymour (because you can “see more” bones) is always popular.

Seymour is especially useful for showing students the ball-and-socket joint of the hip, and how this allows the rotation of the femur that produces the turn-out that is essential in ballet technique. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #3f:
“A model of the human skeleton is useful for showing how the ball-and-socket joint of the hip allows a dancer to turn-out safely.”


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