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Monday, February 10, 2014

Monday and Going to the Knee

Monday and Going to the Knee
Something that occurs with a certain frequency in ballet is when a dancer “goes to the knee”.  This position, with much of the weight resting on one knee, is often one that may be held for several counts, so it is helpful if the descent doesn’t come crashing down to the floor, thus bruising the knee.
In order to descend correctly, the dancer must maintain a pointed foot, and slide downward using the foot as a sort of braking mechanism.  Never should the foot flex so the finishing position has a foot that looks more like a kickstand on a bicycle.
This gradual sliding descent not only looks pleasing, it also prevents injuring the vulnerable knee joint. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #7j:
“When going down on one knee, slide on the top of a pointed foot.”


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