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Saturday, December 7, 2013

Brackets of Support

Brackets of Support
Lots of things in ballet require support from under, not over.  It’s a lot like the way most ballet barres are attached to the wall:  a bracket is screwed to the wall and the barre runs along the top of these brackets:  support from underneath.
The arms in à la seconde are a particularly problematic area.  Dancers often lift their arms from the top, which raises the shoulders and creates a tense upper body.  The correct support should come from underneath – using the triceps to lift the upper arms while relaxing the upper body area around the shoulders and neck.
It is as though there is a bracket supporting the upper arms from underneath; just like brackets support the barre.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #6g 
“The arms in à la seconde should be supported from underneath, like brackets on the wall support a ballet barre.”

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