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Monday, March 17, 2014

Monday Madness

Monday Madness
I’ve talked before about the alignment of the body and how the hip bones should be imagined as headlights on a car.  Today I’m going to discuss the entire torso. 
In ballet, the torso is, most of the time, relatively immobile.  With the exceptions of port de bras, cambres and instances of epaulement, the torso simply doesn’t move or twist much.  And this can be a problem.  The spine supports the back effectively, but there is no spine in the front of the body!  This allows turning, twisting, and bending movements, but also allows a dancer to do these movements when they shouldn’t – pirouettes are a prime example.
So for those times when the torso must remain still, imagine it as a big cereal box.  Pick any brand you like, and don’t allow the cereal inside to get crushed. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #1z: 
“Imagine the torso as a large cereal box, and don’t let the cereal get crushed.”

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