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Friday, November 1, 2013

Fun Friday Secret Service Elbows

Fun Friday Secret Service Elbows

In à la seconde, the curved shape of the arms is the same as the curve of the arms in fifth en bas, fifth en avant, and fifth en haut.  Therefore, establishing this shape correctly in à la seconde has far-reaching (no pun intended) benefits.

In previous posts I talked about how in à la seconde, the arms have a slight downward slope (from the shoulders), and now I’m adding another element.  Imagine that the elbows (the pointy part) have eyes, and those eyes are trained toward the back.  Like two ever-vigilant Secret Service agents, those all-seeing elbows are always scanning the area behind the dancer. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #6d:  
“In à la seconde of the arms, the elbows face the back, as though each elbow had eyes that always watch the area behind the dancer’s back.”

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“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching.”
-          Thomas Jefferson

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