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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Technical Tuesday More Turn-out

Technical Tuesday More Turn-out

Turn-out is constant. I’ve blogged about this several times. But it is so easy to forget all about it when the mind is engaged on all the other things a dancer has to concentrate on during class. Wouldn’t it be nice if we had a magic turn-out button that switched on and off as needed? We could just push it on and forget it – the turn-out would rotate endlessly until we switched it off.

Well, since there isn’t a button, here is the next best thing: the brain. Visualize the rotation in the hip socket as a gentle, but continuous process, like a CD in a player, or (for those of you old enough to remember), a record moving on a turntable. If the rotation of the CD stops, so does the music.

And we all know what happens to a dancer when the rotation (turn-out) stops.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #3m:  
“Imagine turn out in each hip socket as a constantly rotating CD in a player, or a record on a turntable.”

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-          Confucius

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