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Monday, October 27, 2014

Mad Monday Pliés

Mad Monday Pliés

Ballet Secret #2a states:  Plié like you are in a toaster.  This is true, and it helps keep the dancer’s posture straight and true.  This is how the image must be used.  But when the dancer is coming up from the bottom of a plié, sometimes it appears that they leave the toaster like, well, toast:  they pop upward as though launched by a rocket booster.  The toaster image works best for pliés on the way down.

So toasters can be good and bad.  Good for alignment, bad for upward movement.  So for the return (upward) portion of a plié imagine being in a very slow elevator.  The kind that has glass on three sides and moves at a snail’s pace so the occupants can enjoy the view.

Here is Monday’s thought for pliés:  down in a toaster, up in an elevator.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #2n:  
“Coming out of a plié should be done gently, not like popping out of a toaster.”

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