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Saturday, January 31, 2015

Sensational Saturday Glass

Sensational Saturday Glass

The popular image used to achieve the correct shape and physicality of the arms in fifth en avant (first) is that of a giant beach ball, and it can be very effective. But sometimes it is as though the beach ball becomes under-inflated (with no reference here to “Deflate Gate”, for you football fans!). In ballet, when the beach ball image deflates, the arms droop and come inward, too close to the body.

So here is another image for fifth en avant of the arms: imagine holding a beautiful, huge glass ball, almost as big as the crystal ball used in The Wizard of Oz (see link below). This ball can’t deflate, and it must be held firmly enough to prevent dropping it and having it smash to pieces all over the floor. But it shouldn’t be squeezed so tightly that it gets crushed, and once again, scatters all over the floor.

Next time try holding a glass ball instead of a beach ball and see if this image works better for you.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #6x:  
“Imagine holding a huge glass ball when the arms are in fifth en avant (first).

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