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Monday, December 16, 2013

Monday Musings and Linking Steps

Monday Musings and Linking Steps
The linking steps in ballet are sometimes critically underemphasized.  Yet these steps are the glue that holds everything together, plus – and this is important – linking steps provide a large part of the “flow” that makes a dancer lovely to watch.  When these steps are beautifully executed, they melt into the overall series of steps and poses, effectively becoming almost invisible.
The basic linking steps include:  glissade, chassé, temps lié, tombé, pas de bourrée, failli, piqué, etc.  Steps like balancés or waltz turns are also used to link steps and/or poses together.  Often these steps are done in combination with each other, like tombé pas de bourrée.   Plié – ballet’s most important movement - is an integral part of these in-between steps. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #13c 
“Linking steps provide the glue that holds everything together and makes the choreography flow.”


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-          Henry Ford


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