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Friday, January 23, 2015

Fun Friday Ovals and Circles and Squares, Oh My!

Fun Friday Ovals and Circles and Squares, Oh My!

I've blogged often about geometry and how important it is in classical ballet. Balletic positions are based on correct line, and movements are based on geometric pathways. So an understanding of shapes and lines is critical for a dancer’s success.

Three major shapes are circles, ovals and squares (and/or rectangles). The curve of the arms overhead in fifth en haut forms an oval – not a circle – an important difference. The shape of a rond de jambe en l’air is an oval, not a circle, and the arms in fifth en avant are a circle, not an oval. You get the idea. These small details are important!

The torso can be visualized as a rectangle (remember the cereal box), and this rectangle maintains its shape most of the time with no crunching or twisting (except in port de bras and cambres for example). Other shapes are triangles and diamonds, like the shape of a plié in first position (diamond).

So hunt for shapes in ballet. There are lots of them!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #7ll:  
“Understand where to visualize circles, ovals and squares.”

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