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Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Wild Wednesday Facets

Wild Wednesday Facets

When students first learn the step called promenade, they often treat it like a race to get to the finish line. I explain that promenades are designed to move slowly. Remember Ballet Secret #14a: The word ‘promenade’ means to take a walk so as to meet or be seen by others.

Imagine a jewelry store. A beautiful diamond is placed under glass, on a slowly rotating platform that is brightly lit. As the platform slowly rotates, every facet of the diamond catches the light and reflects it brilliantly as the platform moves.

This is a good image for promenades: think of the body and its position as a multi-faceted diamond, and promenade slowly and deliberately so each and every facet can catch and reflect the light.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

 Ballet Secret #14x:  
Promenades move slowly, as though displaying the facets of a diamond.”

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