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Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Wondrous Wednesday Dragonfly

Wondrous Wednesday Dragonfly

In a low jeté that is traveling forward, there is a specific quality of movement that is necessary. Often these types of jetés are preceded by a balloné or a ballotté (see Ballet Secret # 15z), and are usually part of a medium petit allegro combination.

It is easy to bog down during these combinations, and as we all know, there is no drooping or dropping in ballet. To prevent a sluggish jeté, picture how a dragonfly darts across a stream to avoid any predator frogs that might be lurking. That’s the way the jeté should move: quickly forward, and horizontally across the floor.

Another image that works is that of a hummingbird. If you’ve ever watched a hummingbird you know they move in a similar fashion –especially if one is being chased away from a feeder by another, rival hummingbird.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #15aa:  
A low jeté involving an extended leg devant should dart forward like a dragonfly.

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