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Friday, January 24, 2014

Fun Friday and Aunt Matilda

Fun Friday and Aunt Matilda
It’s Fun Friday again!  Today I thought I’d introduce Aunt Matilda.  She is that wonderful, ample aunt who rushes in at every family gathering to plant a kiss on your cheek.  As she approaches, you automatically incline your head in anticipation of the kiss.
This is the exact angle of the head for many positions in ballet.  It is a one quarter turn, with an incline -just as I described in a previous blog about not getting paint on the nose.  This turn-with-an-incline position can be a difficult thing to achieve, especially for a beginner, since there are so many possible variations on turning and inclining.
But just remember Aunt Matilda, and the correct positioning will be much easier. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #5d 
“Most frequently, the correct angle of the head is as though it is being inclined so Aunt Matilda can kiss your cheek.”

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“People tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will descend like fine weather if you’re fortunate. But happiness is the result of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly.”

— Elizabeth Gilbert


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