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Saturday, July 11, 2015

Saturday Seat Statute

Saturday Seat Statute

Here we go again with another Saturday Statute. This one, however, has an exception – it is not an absolutely, all-the-time, no exceptions, rule. Here it is: The seat (derrière) is (almost) never allowed to stick out in ballet. This is related to the fact that there is no tipping, tucking or tilting of the pelvis (most of the time) in ballet. Think about what it looks like if a dancer wearing a classical tutu tips her pelvis back and sticks her seat out – duck feathers!

Most dancers know better than to “stick their seat out”, but there is one time when this is permitted - during partnering. In a shoulder sit, the female dancer must stick her seat out slightly as she is placed on her partner’s shoulder. This allows her to sit there securely without sliding off.

Sound crazy? Stand in the wings, or off to the side and watch a shoulder sit being performed. You’ll see what happens.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #38:  
The seat (derrière) is (almost) never allowed to stick out in ballet.”

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