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Monday, March 24, 2014

Monday Madness

Monday Madness
It is now spring and I thought it was time to talk about springing – or jumping.  There are many secrets related to jumping or petit allegro.  One of the most important is the theory of “up to go down to go up”.
We all know that a plié is what initiates a jump, but we forget that there is also something that initiates the plié itself.  Remember that there is always “a place to go before you go where you are going”.  Before the plié there is a breath in that allows a slight lengthening of the spine, and allows the heels to almost come off the floor.  This is the “up” part that precedes the plié and gives it the best launching power.
 So before beginning a series of jumps, remember the “up the go down to go up”. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #15c:
“To begin a jump, remember the “up to go down to go up”.  

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“Those who don’t jump will never fly.”
-Leena Ahmad Almashat, Harmony Letters


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