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Monday, December 30, 2013

Mad Monday Airplanes and Acceleration

Mad Monday Airplanes and Acceleration

There is one big secret to successful grand allegro, and it can be summed up in one word: acceleration.  No matter how the steps are arranged, it is imperative that the steps preceding a big jump get progressively faster.  

It is exactly like an airplane on the runway, preparing for take-off.  All of us would feel complete panic if the jet didn’t achieve a high degree of acceleration. We’d know instinctively that the airliner wouldn’t make it off the ground.   It is the same for any big jump.  Each preceding step gets progressively faster in tempo, and thus successfully launches the jump.  The trick is to do this within the framework of the music – but that is achieved with practice.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #15b:  
“The secret to a successful grand allegro is acceleration.”

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