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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Terrific Tuesday Tombés

Terrific Tuesday Tombés
Yesterday I talked about linking steps and their critical importance in ballet technique.  One of these frequently used steps is tombé.  The French translation means “to fall”, but I try not to use that with my students.  When I do, they tend to collapse their bodies into the tombé, or hit it too hard. 
Instead, I tell them a tombé is more like stepping out, just as they would walk if they were striding down the street.  When one walks the body doesn’t drop downward into each step, nor should a dancer drop (collapse) into tombé.  A tombé should land in a good plié, and provide a smooth, extended link from one position or step to the next.
So, tombés don’t literally fall, they step.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #13d 
“Tombés don’t literally fall, they step.”


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