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Saturday, June 21, 2014

Saturday Mosquitoes

Saturday Mosquitoes
A grand battement is a forceful step.  Sometimes dancers forget this fact and kick with a non- aggressive attack, especially if they are tired.  Since grand battements generally occur at the end of barre, if it has been a particularly long and/or challenging barre, fatigue may have set in.   But this must be overcome!
To prevent lazy grand battements, imagine a pesky mosquito hovering about.  Kick upward with enough force to kill this annoying insect!  If the force isn’t great enough, the result will be just one stunned mosquito.  And what happens then?  He comes back madder than ever!
So a grand battement must kick with enough force to kill a mosquito – not just stun him! 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #12b 
“In a grand battement, kick with enough force to kill a mosquito hovering in the air.” 

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“Anyone who thinks that they are too small to make a difference has never tried to fall asleep with a mosquito in the room.”

-Christine Todd Whitman


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