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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Technical Tuesday Brisé

Technical Tuesday Brisé

Ballet Secret #15n states that the secret to a brisé is in the plié.  Here is another one:  from that plié, the working foot must brush the floor aggressively.  This is critical to achieve the necessary impetus (push) for the beats to happen.  Often the plié happens, but the working foot anticipates the beat and comes off the floor too soon, effectively destroying the full push needed.

It can feel counter-intuitive, like so many things in ballet.  But a strong plié, and a strong push against the floor is what works.  This is especially true when brisés are reversed and the dancer is traveling backwards.

So at the beginning of a brisé combination, imagine pushing downward with the working foot as it leaves the plié.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #15u:  
“Another brisé secret:  a solid brush into the floor with the working foot.”

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