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Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Wacky Wednesday Passé Holder

Wacky Wednesday Passé Holder

Dancers must maintain a solid position during any turning movement. In an attempt to do this, sometimes, especially in pirouettes, the temptation is to rest the passé foot on the knee as though there were a “passé holder” strapped around the knee. Nope. There is no such thing, nor should there be. There is no Amazing Ronco Passé Holder. It doesn’t exist.

Instead, the foot touches the knee but never rests or leans against the supporting leg. The position is supported by the muscles in the working leg and the correct use of turn-out, etc., etc… No surprise here. If the foot does lean against the knee, the alignment will be compromised simply because the correct muscles aren’t being engaged, and the whole turning enterprise will ultimately fail. Sigh.

Throw away any passé holders!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #14z:  
You do not need a “Ronco” passé holder for pirouettes.

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