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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Sensational Saturday Statute

Sensational Saturday Statute

Yes, it’s time once again for another Ballet Statute.  This one involves grimacing. Here is the definition of the word grimace:

“An ugly, twisted expression on a person's face, typically expressing disgust, pain, or wry amusement.”

Obviously, grimacing has no place in ballet; unless of course, the dancer is portraying a character that grimaces.  Other than that there is no grimacing in ballet. Ever.

 Even in the classroom during a difficult movement or series of steps, a dancer must practice hiding any expression of “disgust, pain or wry amusement”.  Facial expressions, like everything else in ballet technique, require practice.

Otherwise, a sneaky grimace make pop up during a performance.  Scary.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #31:  
“There is no grimacing in ballet.”

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