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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Wacky Wednesday Side Seam

Wacky Wednesday Side Seam

When performing a port de bras side during stretches (for example, when one leg is on the barre in à la seconde) a common problem is a slight twisting of the torso. This is incorrect, because the movement should go directly sideways – no passing “Go”, no collecting $200 J.

The solution is simple.  Imagine stretching the side seam of whatever you are wearing – usually a leotard or tee shirt. Since side seams are straight (presumably), and run down the side of the body, this image will instantly produce a correct, accurately aligned side stretch without twisting.

If your garment doesn’t have a side seam then you must imagine that too.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #6x:  
During a side stretch, imagine stretching the side seam of your leotard or shirt.

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