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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Saturday Statute Re-Plié

Saturday Statute Re-Plié

There is no such step in classical ballet as a “re- plié”. You know, those extra pliés dancers do right before a relevé or a turn. Sometimes they are referred to as the dreaded double plié. They appear so frequently that a casual observer might assume there actually is such a step. Scary.

There is no such thing. One plié to a customer, please. Those extra little ones rob the power of a good single plié, as well as making the dancer appear hesitant. Often the posture is compromised as well, with the seat going backwards and the dancer leaning forward.

Avoid re- pliés! Always use a good single plié complete with the necessary two-way energy (up and down).

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #63:  
“There is no such thing as a “re- plié”.

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