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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Saturday Five

Saturday Five

When the whole foot is on the floor, that is, times when the supporting foot is not in a relevé (or on the way up or down from a relevé), it is important that all five toes make contact with the floor. This sounds simple enough, right?

However, often in an attempt to “push” the turn-out too far, the dancer’s weight rolls forward onto the arch of the foot and the little toes levitate off the floor. Scary stuff. This weakens the ankle, among other horrible things, and doesn’t provide the necessary strong base for balancing, or for pushing from a plié.

Ballet Statute #61 makes it clear: all five toes must be in contact with the floor at all times when the whole foot is on the floor. No levitating little toes!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Statute #61:  
When the whole foot is on the floor, all five toes must make contact with the floor.

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