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Monday, January 19, 2015

Mad Monday Non-Sickle

Mad Monday Non-Sickle

“Sickle-ing” the foot is a common problem. Often seen in retiré, presumably because there seems to be a natural reaction of the foot to curve away from the standing leg, or to rest on it. For beginning dancers, establishing the correct position of the foot in retiré can be challenging.

It helps to have the student tendu to the side and establish a good, solid stretched foot with no sickle. Have them imagine placing a cast on the ankle and then move to retiré simply by bending the working knee. At no time should the ankle in the cast move, or change position. The foot in retiré has the  same shape as it does in tendu.

The rotation in the hip socket is also important for getting and maintaining the correct shape since the rotation not only turns the leg outward, it also rotates the heel of the working foot forward, thus preventing the dreaded sickle.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #16o:  
“To establish the correct non-sickled position of the retiré foot, tendu à la seconde first.”

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