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Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Melt

Monday Melt
I’ve talked before about how the foot should be relaxed when it is in contact with the floor (Ballet Secret #16h).  This is never truer than in that most important step, plié. 
Because pliés occur at the beginning of class, whatever the dancer does during that first plié exercise sets up a pattern for all the combinations that follow.  If the plié is tense and the feet are clenched, this tends to be repeated for every other step for the duration of the class.  Scary!
So when doing that first plié exercise, imagine the feet resting on a comfortably warm platter.  As the knees bend, the feet melt, like butter – pooling onto the floor.  This helps keep tension at bay and produces a smoother, safer plié. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #2k 
“In that first plié exercise, imagine the feet resting on a warm platter and melting like butter.”

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