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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Terrific Tuesday and Temps Lié

Terrific Tuesday and Temps Lié

Another important linking step is the temps lié.  It moves from tendu through a fourth or second position plié, transferring weight efficiently and smoothly from one foot to the other.

The imagined shape for a temps lié movement is that of an under circle, or under curve (opposite that of the cat in the above photo). However, in energy, the body lifts up before the movement, lifts even higher in the middle of the step (in fourth or second position plié) and maintains the lift as the movement resolves the weight transfer onto the other foot.

Lots of things in ballet involve under circles.  Glissades, balances and piques are just a few examples.  To achieve a beautiful flow of movement, the use of curves – as opposed to angles – is essential.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #13e:  
“A temps lié is an under circle transfer of weight.”

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