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Saturday, February 7, 2015

Super Saturday Rocking

Super Saturday Rocking

When a dancer performs a cambré forward on pointe or demi-pointe in fifth position, a common problem is “rocking” backwards. The legs, instead of maintaining a perpendicular alignment, angle back, which places the dancer’s seat behind the feet instead of over them.

At the barre, it is easy for this mistake to go unnoticed – the dancer’s grip on the barre prevents falling. But in the center, this won’t happen. And everything done at the barre should be done with the idea that it prepares the dancer for the center.

It is simple to correct this “rocking”: in a cambré forward, think of placing the weight on the front foot. If the dancer is not in fifth position, it is still helpful to think of lengthening the legs and staying forward during the cambré - or pretend there is an invisible front foot.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #21e:  
To prevent rocking back in a cambré forward, think of putting the weight on the front foot.

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Alyson Noel, The Immortals Boxed Set

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