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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Wednesday Wackiness

Wednesday Wackiness
A chassé is a powerful step when performed correctly.  It is used to propel a dancer into a position, and is also an effective method of stopping momentum – after a series of turns, for example.

But in order to harness this power, a chassé must be done precisely, and no section can be left out.  The most common mistake is bypassing the initial plié (usually in fifth position) and moving directly to the halfway point before the plié happens.  This bypass ruins the potential of the step!

To prevent this, imagine the path of a chassé as that of an upside-down pre-stapled staple.  Think of the way staples are shaped when placed inside the stapler - before they are actually stapled into sheet of paper.  The dancer’s movement in a chassé should be like that:  down, out, up.  A pre-stapled staple!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #13h:  
 “A chassé is like a pre-stapled staple.”

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