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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Super Saturday and No Floating

Super Saturday and No Floating
Recently I talked about the “floating pelvis” and how it should seem to be hovering just above the legs.  Today’s subject is “floating retiré”, which sounds like it should be a dessert.
Unlike the floating pelvis, a dancer doesn’t want a floating retiré.  Instead, the working foot moves in a direct line up the tights (see earlier blog), and maintains contact with the leg until it stops, always maintaining contact with the knee – never, ever floating, or hovering,  out beside the knee.
The retiré can be placed in three possible locations:  directly side with the toe touching the side of the supporting leg; in front of the knee, with the little toe in the smiley face of the knee; or in the back, with the heel of the working foot hidden behind – touching – the back of the supporting leg (as in piqué turns).
So remember:  a floating retiré should only be a dessert! 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #16e 
“Retirés always maintain contact with the supporting leg.”

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“The human foot is a masterpiece of engineering and a work of art.”
-Leonardo da Vinci


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