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Friday, February 28, 2014

Fun Friday Creases

Fun Friday Creases
When dancers stand in passé, or perform a développé to à la seconde at 90 degrees, there is a tendency for the working hip to lift.  Sometimes this lift is slight, but any lift at all destroys the integrity and efficiency of the position.
I’ve blogged before about the “teotard” line where the leotard and tights meet in the front of the hip.  Now I’m going to add the “teotard crease”.  This is a crease that must exist on the side of the working hip, where the thigh in passé (or in à la seconde) forms a right angle with the torso.
Dancers must always maintain a crease at this point; otherwise it means that the hip has been allowed to lift.                                              

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #16d 
“Always maintain the “teotard crease” when in passé or a 90 degree a la seconde position.”


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