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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Saturday Hoses

Saturday Hoses
The shape of the arms in ballet is very specific, and seldom are any sharp angles created in the line.  The problem areas tend to be the joints of the elbow and wrist, which, if allowed to bend too much create an angle instead of a curve.
To help achieve the lovely curves necessary; imagine the arms as garden hoses.  If a gardener pulls out a hose to water his roses and the hose kinks (an angle develops), the water won’t flow smoothly – and if the kink is bad enough the water won’t flow at all. 
If a dancer’s arms were hoses and the water had to flow, no angles would be created.  Instead, the water would follow the gentle curve of the elbow and the wrist, finally flowing out all five fingertips.  Or, if the arms are making a “connected” full curve (as in fifth en haut), the water would have a continuous, almost circular flow pattern. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #6n 
“Imagine the arms as hoses, and allow a continuous flow of water through them and out of the fingertips.”


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