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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Terrific Tuesday and Pins and Piqués

Terrific Tuesday and Pins and Piqués

Yesterday I talked about one of the secrets to a successful piqué.  Another secret is related to the literal translation of the word piqué, which means to prick or stab.  When stepping onto the piqué leg the action requires a quick attack, because balancing on one leg, especially when wearing pointe shoes, is challenging in and of itself.

So using the literal meaning of the word, imagine your piqué leg as a giant pin, and the piqué movement itself is the pin traveling out and up into a giant pincushion. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #13b 
“Imagine your piqué leg as a pin going into a giant pincushion.”


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