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Monday, July 20, 2015

Mad Monday Mosquito

Mad Monday Mosquito

In any turning movement, there is a tendency for the body to twist. This means that the following arm lags behind and causes “drag” on the movement – as well as making it look less than attractive. As you will remember, the torso (cereal box) must remain square and aligned and the arms must maintain their position. But so often the following arm hangs back.

To prevent this, imagine slapping a mosquito that has landed on the leading shoulder. This is done with the following arm. Although the shoulder is really too high for the arm to maintain its correct position in front of the lower rib cage, this image is a good therapy exercise for those who have the lagging arm problem.

Slap that mosquito!
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #14r:  
Imagine a slapping a mosquito off the leading shoulder with the following arm in a turn.

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