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Saturday, February 13, 2016

Saturday Tuck Under Statute

Saturday Tuck Under Statute

A commonly heard directive in a dance class is “Tuck under!”, but this shouldn’t literally happen in ballet. The reason teachers say it is because students tend to stick their seats out and arch their backs. Instead, they need to place the pelvis back in its neutral position. But at no time should the pelvis actually tuck under.

The pelvis maintains a neutral position almost all the time, except in extensions to the back such as arabesque. And not only does the pelvis keep a nice, neutral position, but from that position there should be a lift upward. This allows the femur more freedom to rotate in the hip socket. When this rotation occurs there is a visible indentation in the muscles of the seat. This is what “tucks” inward – not the pelvis itself.

Therefore, the muscles “tuck”, not the bones.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #15p:  
“The pelvis never literally “tucks under” in ballet.”

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