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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Wacky Wednesday Formula

Wacky Wednesday Formula

There are many formulas in classical ballet. Sayings and hints we keep in our head that help us remember how to perform steps accurately. Some are funny: “When in doubt, bourrée out” or the ever popular “en dehors is out the door”. There are many other, more practical formulas, and today we’ll discuss one that helps achieve a perfect attitude derrière.

It is an easy one: “Knee up, heel down”. This refers to the working leg (the one in the air), and is designed to prevent dropping the knee into a turned-in position.  An attitude like that looks more like a figure in an Egyptian tomb painting.

This formula is also closely related to Ballet Secret #18c: “In attitude derrière, imagine the thigh resting on a table.”

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #18h:  
“The formula for attitude derrière is: knee up, heel down.”

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