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Saturday, February 15, 2014

Super Saturday and the Magic Turn-out Detector

Super Saturday and the Magic Turn-out Detector
When students learn to plié, often the concept of “knees over toes” can be hard to understand and even harder to produce.  Even for experienced dancers, the tendency for the knees to roll forward – in front of the knees - is a habit that can creep into the technique.
One answer: a Magic Turn-out Detector that is simple to make.  Using a string or shoelace, put a weight of some kind on the bottom (a drapery weight, an eraser, or even a marble if you glue it).  Then hold the top of the string at the center of the kneecap, and have the student plié.  The weight should fall directly in line with the toes of the turned-out foot.  If it falls in front, the turned-out plié position must be corrected.  

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #3g 
“Use a Magic Turn-out Detector to make sure that the plié knee is aligned over the toes.”


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