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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Saturday and Crossed Things

Saturday and Crossed Things 
For beginning dancers, a confusing area in ballet is that of body facings, particularly the understanding of the meaning of croisé.  So often students find this intimidating and it really isn’t. 

In an earlier blog, I talked about these body facings, and how a dancer always faces the corner of their own box, or square – not the corner of the stage or the room.  Whether the dancer’s position is croisé or not, is determined both by which foot is in front and which corner the dancer is facing.  From the viewpoint of the audience, in a croisé position, the front leg appears to cross the back leg, hiding a portion of it, hence the name.

The easiest formula for determining croisé is this:  if the right foot is in front, the dancer faces the left (opposite and stage left) corner of their square.  Simple!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #2i:  
“For croisé, if the right foot is in front, the dancer faces the left front corner of the square.”

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