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Friday, March 4, 2016

Fun Friday Inflatable Balls

Fun Friday Inflatable Balls

Today’s video shows a class using large inflatable balls to help with fouetté movements. In a standard fouetté, the working leg must extend (as the body turns away) and establish the correct final position – without losing turn-out at the end. This can be particularly troublesome when going from second position to arabesque, because the working leg so often goes beyond the proper arabesque line and rolls under to a turned-in (gasp!) position.

The large inflatable balls allow the student to feel the correct position of the leg against the ball, or, to feel the incorrect position and be able to immediately understand how to fix it.

Plus, working with the balls is fun.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #22q:  
Use large inflatable balls to practice standard (non-turning) fouettés.”

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