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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Super Saturday Teetering

Super Saturday Teetering

It recently came to my attention that teetering is, in the opinion of one of my students, slightly similar to the look of long distance bourrées. Hmmmm. At first I was skeptical, but then I thought about it. I can see the point (no pun intended), perhaps  where the feet are concerned.

However, there should be no teetering in ballet. Sequential bourrées that look like teetering are being done incorrectly and if any actual teetering is involved, the smooth, floating movement that bourrées should produce will not happen.

Here are the three definitions of “teetering’:
             1. To move or sway unsteadily or unsurely; totter.
             2. To alternate, as between opposing attitudes or positions
             3. To be close to or in danger of failure or ruin.

Only #2 might be considered as having a place in ballet, but not the other two.  Especially not #3.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #32:  
“There should be no teetering in ballet.”

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