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Monday, February 9, 2015

Mad Monday Épaulé

Mad Monday Épaulé

One of the eight positions of the body in the Cecchetti method is épaulé. Épaulé means “shouldered”, and that is exactly what happens in this position: the shoulders twist.

The dancer stands facing the corner of his/her own square in tendu. The arms are in arabesque position with the front arm directly in front of the nose, and the other in second. The hips face squarely to the dancer’s corner. From here the upper body twists slightly, so the back can be seen by the audience.

This twist of the upper body must be done in a level fashion – that is, one shoulder should not dip down lower than the other.  The front arm remains in front of the nose and the other arm reaches backward, making an almost straight line from the front arm’s fingertips to the back arm’s fingertips.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #14k:  
Épaulé means “shouldered”.

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