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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Sensational Saturday Underestimate

Sensational  Saturday Underestimate

I’ve blogged many times about pliés and how important they are. Critical, in fact. Yet dancers so often fail to use them effectively. Or, they ignore them completely. Scary.

Think about how powerful a single plié is and how much it does: it propels things, it cushions things, it relaxes the muscles in the leg to prevent injury, etc. etc. etc.! In short, it is truly the most important step in ballet!

Whenever a dancer encounters problems with a particular step, or set of steps, I advise them to look first at their plié – is it being used to its maximum effectiveness? Often, just adjusting the plié solves a multitude of problems.

Never underestimate the power of a plié!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #62:  
“Never underestimate the power of a plié.”

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