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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Saturday Stuff and Yet another Statute

Saturday Stuff and Yet another Statute
I love ballet.  It is so logical and extremely well designed.  It is all codified (written down), so anything can be looked up and verified somewhere.  So if you don’t understand something a dance teacher says, you can look it up and/or Google it.  Be warned, however, that there may be more than one correct answer!
That brings me to today’s great statute.  Everything in ballet has a name and can be reversed.  Think about that the next time you can’t fall asleep.  Try reversing any step (or combination of steps) you can think of, and pretty soon you’ll be able to fall asleep.  Some steps reverse more easily than others, but the statute holds true.  Everything can be reversed.
Asking dancers to reverse a combination is often done at auditions, so it is helpful to become skilled at being able to reverse things immediately – even in the middle of a set of steps.   It is also a fun challenge! 

From the Big Beige Book of Ballet Statutes:

Statute #14:
“Everything in ballet has a name and can be reversed.”  


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“Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.”
-Soren Kierkegaard


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