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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wild Wednesday Ups and Downs

Wild Wednesday Ups and Downs

In any relevé, the dancer must think about staying “up” longer than staying down (in the plié). In other words, at the peak of the relevé there is a slight pause with a corresponding lengthening upwards before heading down into the next plié.

It is like an opera singer holding a note. Sometimes it helps to “sing” silently: “Upppppppppp, Uppppppp” at the top of each relevé.

This slightly longer period at the top is true for every relevé, whether done in a series, or just as a single relevé.

Sing it!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #22v:  
“In any series of relevés, the “ups” are longer than the “downs” (pliés).

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