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Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Terrific Tuesday Toenails

Terrific Tuesday Toenails
Dancers are always admonished to “point your feet”.  I usually prefer to say “stretch your feet” to encourage a longer, less tense, movement. 
Sometimes dancers stretch their ankles well, but the energy stops about mid-foot, leaving the toes dangling.  This is not only unattractive, it is ineffective.  To prevent this, I tell my students to imagine stretching all the way through their toenails.  I also tell them that if they do this effectively, their toenails will suddenly grow to such lengths that they will trip over them on their way out of the studio.
Adding humor to the classroom helps make the instructions more memorable.  So “stretch your toenails!”
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #19a 
“To prevent a half-pointed foot, imagine stretching your toenails.”


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