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Friday, June 13, 2014

Fun Friday and the Internal Straw

Fun Friday and the Internal Straw
When drawing the foot up to passé, usually in preparation for a developpé in any direction, the foot must peel itself off the floor and move directly to the knee, following a straight line up the shin.  This seems to be easier to do when the goal is to stop in retiré.  If the goal is a developpé, the foot, and therefore the leg, tends to drift away from the leg and move upward through the vastness of space. 
To keep the foot following the correct straight path up the shinbone, imagine that the body has an internal straw.  It runs from the top of the head, through the torso and down through the supporting leg and on into the floor. 
When preparing to developpé, imagine sucking a milkshake through this straw and use that force to draw the foot upward along the proper path. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #11b 
“Imagine an internal straw running vertically through the center of the body.” 

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“I compare a lot of life to looking at a map through a straw. The less ability you have to see life in a humorous way, the smaller the straw is that you're looking at the map of life. You're not looking at the whole picture. You can't see the whole topography without it, and it can help you to make better choices.”

-Reggie Watts


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