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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Super Saturday Statute Point

Super Saturday Statute Point

This statute is related to the more general Statute #22: “If it is off the floor it points, (or is on the way to becoming pointed).”  Today’s statute is specifically for jumps. In all jumps in classical ballet, without exception, the feet are fully stretched (pointed) before they leave the floor.

This is one of the few absolute rules in ballet. The reason for this is simple: the action of pushing away from the floor by rolling through the foot to a full stretch provides part of the impetus (push) for the jump. And having a fully pointed foot in the air allows for a soft, silent landing by rolling back down through the foot. It establishes a safety valve for the dissent.  Because as we all know, there is no crashing in ballet.

So keep an eye on the mirror occasionally while jumping. Make certain the feet are always fully pointed in the air, and not just almost pointed.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #27:  
“In all jumps, the foot is fully stretched before it leaves the floor.”

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