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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Wild Wednesday and Grand Canyon

Wild Wednesday and Grand Canyon
Earlier I talked about how traveling turns should follow a direct line established by the leading foot.  Well, a similar thing happens in basic jetés.
A basic jeté does not travel side to side, and this sideways action is a common mistake.  Jetés are often preceded by a glissade, which does travel sideways, but the jeté itself only travels forward (or backward in the reverse, or on any angle established by the "log").
So imagine that jetés are performed on a log across the Grand Canyon.  Anyone who has visited this majestic site can tell you that it is a long, long way down!  Any jetés that move side to side on the log would have catastrophic results! 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #15c:  
“Imagine doing basic jetés on a log across the Grand Canyon.”


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“The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself.  The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features.  Language and illustration combined must fail.”
-John Wesley Powell


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