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Friday, December 26, 2014

Fun Friday to the Floor

Fun Friday to the Floor

A tendu derrière is preparation for all the higher derrière positions from dégagé to arabesque. That’s why it is so important that the tendu is placed and rotated correctly. If the position is wrong on the floor it will be wrong in the air.

The tendency in tendu derrière is to let the rotation in the hip socket relax, which causes the heel of the working foot to point upward, and the knee downward.  Not good.  I’ve blogged about how the knee should never look at the floor, and if the knee is facing correctly outward, the heel should follow and be rotated downward toward the floor.

A little extra thought on rotating the heel toward the floor in addition to rotating the whole leg in the hip socket makes certain that this important position is correct.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #4i:  
“In a tendu derrière, think of rotating the heel down toward the floor.”

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