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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Tuesday Twist

Tuesday Twist
One prop that can be used in the dance classroom is a metal spiral taken out of an old spiral notebook.  Removing it can sometimes be a challenge, but it is worth it and it will last forever.
I use one to illustrate how the spine should stretch upward, away from gravity.  Because the metal spiral has a great deal of stretch, it works well for this purpose.  Just hold it at one end and pull.  Voila! A super stretched spine!
The famous Slinky can also work for this purpose.  Exaggeration is often a great way to make a concept memorable, and either of these props stretches out in a wonderfully exaggerated way. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #20c 
“A Slinky or a metal notebook spiral can be used as a teaching aid in the dance classroom.”


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