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Friday, July 24, 2015

Fun Friday Formula

Fun Friday Formula

Here we go again with another fun formula for excellent ballet technique. This one is for attitude derriere.

This lovely position is often compromised by a lack of rotation in the working hip. This gives the appearance of reminiscent of the “Walk like an Egyptian” song, which isn’t good for classical ballet. But approaching it from the idea of rotating the leg in the hip socket sometimes isn’t very effective, and a simpler prescription is necessary.

The easiest fix for this problem is the formula: Knee up, heel down. Imagine a string tied to the working  knee that is tied to the ceiling, pulling the knee gently upward, and at the same time feel the heel pressing gently downward. There’s that equal and opposite thing again!

Experiment with this idea the next time you are working on attitude derriere.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #18h:  
“The formula for attitude derriere: “Knee up, heel down”.

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