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Monday, February 22, 2016

Marvelous Monday Quiet Water

Marvelous Monday Quiet Water

One of the difficulties dance students encounter when learning how to move and shape the arms effectively is how to avoid stiffness. When learning the intricacies of correct arm placement (elbows lifted, fingers elongated, etc.), it can seem daunting.

What often happens is a rigid, immovable arm position – one that looks good as long as it doesn’t move. Statue arms. This is particularly true of the hands and fingers.

To help students learn how to keep a natural breath in the hands, fingers, and ultimately the arms, have them stand with their arms outstretched in front of them, palms down, fingers elongated. Tell them to pretend they are standing in a pool of water with their arms are resting on top of the quiet water. Even quiet water isn’t completely still, and so their arms, hands and fingers will move or “breathe” slightly. Then have them move their arms downward, feeling the resistance of the “water”, then back upward, again feeling the resistance.

Explain that this is the sensation necessary for beautiful, clean movements with the arms and hands.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #6ii:  
“ Imagine the arms resting on top of quiet water.

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