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Friday, March 28, 2014

Fun Friday Platypus

Fun Friday Platypus
In an effort to stretch (point) the foot fully, dancers often fail to realize that relaxing the foot is equally important. 
When the foot is on the floor, as in a plié, or simply acting as part of the supporting leg, dancers often clench the foot, tensing the ankle and preventing the supreme connection to gravity that is so essential.  Sometimes I tell my students to remember to allow the bottom of the foot to melt into the floor. 
Another image that I heard being used recently is this one:  imagine the foot on the floor as looking like a platypus bill or like platypus feet (see above photo):  flat and relaxed.   

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #16e:
“ Imagine the foot on the floor as a platypus bill or platypus feet – flat and relaxed.”

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