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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Terrific Tuesday Thigh on Table

Terrific Tuesday Thigh on Table
In attitude derrière, the angle of the leg is important.  Too often dancers allow the knee of the working leg to dip down toward the floor, resulting in a turned-in position.
To prevent this, imagine placing the thigh on a flat table top.  This includes the entire “inside” thigh, and if the attitude is higher than 90 degrees, then it is as though the table top tilts – like an artist’s table.  In other words, the angle of the leg is the same; it simply rotates into a higher position from the hip joint.   Placing the thigh on an imaginary table should cause the entire leg to be on the table as well – including the ankle of the working foot.
Another phrase that can be used is:  “knee up, heel down”.  This also helps achieve the correct position in attitude derrière. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #18c 
“In attitude derrière, imagine the thigh resting on a table.”

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