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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wild Wednesday and Ski Jumps

Wild Wednesday and Ski Jumps
In honor of the upcoming Winter Olympics, I thought this would be a good time to blog about the importance of ski jumps.  The angle and trajectory of them, that is.
When a dancer moves from a passé or retiré position to an attitude derriere or arabesque, the placement of the torso must change.  It moves forward, with an up and outward energy.  The central, supporting axis now extends from the supporting leg up through the lower back instead of through the middle of the body and exits from the top of the head.  A significant change!
To achieve this alignment, imagine the curve of a ski jump.  The body moves along this “ski jump” as it transitions from passé to arabesque.  

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets

Secret #18b:
“When moving from passé to a derriere position, imagine moving the torso along a ski jump trajectory.” 

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