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Saturday, December 14, 2013

Saturday Statute

Saturday Statute
The Big Beige Book of Ballet Statutes (so far imaginary), includes those ballet laws that are absolute.  If there were a Big Ballet Judge, he/she would have all eleven volumes of Big Beige Book of Ballet Statutes looming behind the bench.
So here is one selection:  In classical ballet, the elbows are never locked.  In other words, the elbows maintain, at all times, either a correctly curved position, such as in fifth en bas, fifth en haut, and àla second; or a slightly straighter – but never locked – position for arabesque, ecartè, etc.
The reason behind this statute is simple:  Locking the elbows, in many dancers, produces a hyper extended arm with an unattractive backward angle.  The arm can appear to be broken!  It also means that the dancer is working with too much tension which is never a good thing.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #6:
“In classical ballet, the elbows are never locked.”  

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“Preconceived notions are the locks on the door to wisdom.”
-Mary Browne


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