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Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Wild Wednesday Finish

Wild Wednesday Finish

Well, it is (at last) time to say goodbye to the month of March and hello to April. Yes, it is April Fool’s Day but I shall leave the shenanigans to someone else. Instead, I’m going to talk about finishing.

Never leave any movement or combination of steps without a proper finish. Unless you fall off a stage or have some other catastrophic event occur while dancing, finishing is critical. This is partly because of the old adage: “an audience remembers best what it sees last”, and partly because it develops the habit of “saving” something that might otherwise crash and burn, and partly because it fosters the habit of finishing. And, like so many other things in dance technique, finishing just makes anything look better.

So don’t fall out of that pirouette – finish it.  Don’t walk off the floor because the piqué turns didn’t go as well as you expected.  Don’t balance for two seconds at the barre and tell yourself you’ll do better tomorrow. Finish. Finish Finish.

Enough said.

Have a wonderful April Fool's Day.
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #7rr:  
“Always finish each movement or combination.”

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“No one has a problem with the first mile of a journey. Even an infant could do fine for a while. But it isn't the start that matters. It's the finish line.”
Julien Smith, The Flinch

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