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Friday, February 12, 2016

Fun Friday Mountain Peak

Fun Friday Mountain Peak

When working at the barre, the arm on the barre must be relaxed and slightly forward (Ballet Secret #7ll: Stand far enough away from the barre for the barre arm to relaxed and slightly in front of the body.) The important word here is “relaxed”. If the arm isn’t relaxed, the elbow creeps upward, the corresponding shoulder lifts, and it appears as though a small elbow mountain peak has appeared between the dancer and the barre.

This usually happens because the dancer’s alignment is off, and the barre arm is attempting to wrestle the dancer’s weight into position. Sometimes the balance is so far off that the dancer actually lifts a portable barre off the floor! Scary.

So on this Fun Friday, avoid mountain peaks and pay extra attention to the arm that is on the barre.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #22p:  
The barre elbow must not lift and look like a mountain peak.

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