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Friday, January 16, 2015

Fun Friday Stars and Black Holes

Fun Friday Stars and Black Holes

Ah, those pesky abdominal muscles. They seem to have a mind of their own – a lazy one. For such a critical area, this laziness is a huge problem. The support of strong abdominal muscles helps everything in a dancer’s posture, but particularly the spine and back. And without a strong torso, everything else is going to fall apart.

There are many ways to think about “holding” or “engaging” the abdominal muscles, but today I offer another one: Imagine a star over your abdominal muscles, and then imagine this star collapsing into a black hole. For those who are not interested in astronomy, a black hole occurs when a star collapses and creates an area so massive that nothing can escape its gravitational pull.

This new image for using your abdominal muscles gives “suck your stomach in” a whole new level of meaning.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #1ll:  
“Imagine a star over your abdominal muscles and feel it collapse into a black hole.”

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“This is a place where grandmothers hold babies on their laps under the stars and whisper in their ears that the lights in the sky are holes in the floor of heaven.”
Rick Bragg

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