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Monday, February 15, 2016

Marvelous Monday Paper Dolls

Marvelous Monday Paper Dolls

One of the biggest problems dancers have during turning movements is keeping the body (torso) in one piece. The tendency is to twist, usually in the direction of the turn. And a twisted torso doesn’t turn well. A solid body position must be maintained.

It helps if dancers imagine themselves as paper dolls – flat, with no twisting allowed. A twisted paper doll is pretty useless, just as a twisted body position is useless for dancers. But a solid, flat paper doll position will turn much more effectively.

Study videos of dancers performing multiple pirouettes and notice how flat and solid the dancer’s position is during the turns (see today’s Link of the Day).

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #14y:  
“Imagine yourself as a paper doll – flat without twisting, during turns.”

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