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Saturday, January 11, 2014

Saturday and Ducks

Saturday and Ducks

It has been said that the average audience member watches dancers from the waist up.  This is not surprising, because a beautiful dancer makes the movements look effortless – largely because of what is not happening above the waist.

All the work and concentration on turn-out, strength, feet, etc. is focused below the waist, while the upper body and facial expressions appear relaxed, calm and fluid.

It is like a duck on a pond.  Ducks appear to glide effortlessly across the water, but below the water level their feet are working hard to provide that propulsion.  They do all this with the illusion of calm serenity above the water!


From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #7e:

“A dancer’s upper body should appear like a duck on a pond: relaxed and calm.”


                Link of the Day:
A cute baby duck:

Quote of the Day:

“Be like a duck.  Calm on the surface, but always paddling like the dickens underneath.”

-Michael Caine


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