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Friday, February 14, 2014

Valentine’s Day and Hearts

Valentine’s Day and Hearts
In honor of Valentine’s Day, I thought I’d talk about the beautiful heart shape that should be created by a dancer’s feet when they stand in sous-sus.  This heart is especially evident when the relevé is on pointe but is also noticeable on demi-pointe.
When correctly executed, the heart shape is created by a turned-out relevé in fifth position;  and when viewed from the front shows two heels but only one toe. 
Creating this perfectly shaped heart is more difficult than it may appear.  It requires the front toe to align directly in front of the back toe.  It is all too easy to cross the feet too much, or too little.  In either case, the heart shape disappears.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #8e 
“In a sous-sus in fifth position the feet should make a heart shape.”


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