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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Grand Battements and Elevator Buttons

Grand Battements and Elevator Buttons

Last week I blogged about how useful it is to use the image of an elevator button that is placed on the belly button.  Pressing this “up” arrow button works well for steps or movements that go upward, but it also works for other steps:  grand battement is one good example.

When the leg is descending in a grand battement, it can be difficult to control the landing, assisted as the leg is by gravity.  Often the leg crashes into fifth position, instead of landing gently.  To prevent this, press the elevator button in as the leg begins its descent.  Voila!  A landing any pilot would be proud of.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #12a:  

“Press the elevator button (belly button/abdominals) in to facilitate a gentle landing from a grand battement.”

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