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Friday, December 12, 2014

Fun Friday Elf Ears

Fun Friday Elf Ears

In the spirit of the holiday season, here is today’s Fun Friday thought:  When pulling up, imagine pulling up from your ears, and that your ears are shaped like an elf’s. 

Traditionally dancers are taught to pull up from the top of their head, and this is true.  This is designed to prevent the automatic response to “pulling up” which is to pull up from the upper chest.  I’ve talked about this before:  it causes the back to arch and the posture to curve backwards.  This natural reaction must be consciously overruled by thinking about pulling up either from the top of the head, the ears, or both.

But since this is December, elf ears are the way to go.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #1hh:  
Pull up using elf ears.

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Quote of the Day:
““It's easy to believe in magic when you're young. Anything you couldn't explain was magic then. It didn't matter if it was science or a fairy tale. Electricity and elves were both infinitely mysterious and equally possible - elves probably more so.”
Charles de Lint

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