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Monday, April 13, 2015

Mad Monday Framework

Mad Monday Framework

What is a scaffold?  When it is used as a noun the definition is: “A temporary platform, either supported from below or suspended from above, on which workers sit or stand when performing tasks at heights above the ground.” In other words, a scaffold provides support while work is going on.

Dance technique is like that. Technique and the repetition of movements is the scaffold upon which all those beautiful dance steps are created and polished. But unlike the definition above, our dance scaffold isn't temporary. It is always there, but constantly changes as our skills progress.

Without a scaffold of support, the work cannot continue effectively and the dancer will never achieve the goals he/she has in mind. So the next time it seems like too much repetition, or too many classes, remember that the scaffold of dance must always be maintained.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #7qq:  
“Technique is the scaffold for dance.”

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