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Monday, February 24, 2014

A Monday Gate

A Monday Gate
In a previous blog I talked about how, for any movement, there is a place to go before you go where you are going.  This is particularly true during a first port de bras, when the arms open from fifth en avant (first) to a la seconde.  This is an important area because this port de bras is in almost everything!
This appearance of this lovely presentational port de bra can be ruined if the arms open improperly.  Usually this involves leading with the wrists or the elbows instead of the fingers.  It helps to remember that the fingers lead the movement and open forward as though opening a gate in preparation for moving into a garden, or some other inviting place. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #6k 
“In a first port de bras, the fingertips open forward like opening a gate.”


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