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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Wacky Wednesday Frowning Arches

Wacky Wednesday Frowning Arches

Although it may seem so, I am not going to do a blog parody of McDonald’s. Instead, the arches I’m talking about are not golden, but tense. That’s right.

When a dancer (or anyone else, for that matter), tenses the muscles of the foot when standing, the arch “frowns”, creating an extreme half-circle shape. The toes grip the floor, and the ankles tense as well. Not good.

As I have said before, the feet on the floor should be relaxed, not tense. If they are not relaxed, the poor feet grimace and frown. Poor, poor feet. Ouch!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #7xx:  
“Avoid frowning arches.”

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