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Friday, May 22, 2015

Fun Friday Hooks and Eyes

Fun Friday Hooks and Eyes

Today I’m talking about posture again. Since it is the most important thing in dance, I don’t believe one can discuss it too much.

One common postural problem is “spare ribs”. That’s when the ribs jut forward, causing the back to arch (or vice versa), and thus destroying the correct body alignment. Often the ribs aren’t poking out much, but even a little bit is too much.  

So to prevent spare ribs (except for lunch or dinner), imagine there is a large hook and eye located on the front of the lower rib cage. This hook and eye must always be hooked, unless the dancer is doing something like a cambre back. It is helpful to think of sucking the stomach in too, as often this is all it takes for the hook and eye to become properly connected.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #1ll:  
Imagine a hook and eye located on the front of the lower rib cage.”

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