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Friday, April 29, 2016

Fun Friday Frappé Snapping

Fun Friday Frappé Snapping

I have blogged before about the quick action of the leg and foot in frappe:  Ballet Secret #10a: A frappé should move like a snake striking”  http://balletwebb.blogspot.com/2013/11/frappes-and-snakes.html and Ballet Secret #10c: http://balletwebb.blogspot.com/2014/06/fun-friday-fabulous-frappes.html“A frappe should get to its extended position quickly and the movement should stop – but the energy continues.” 

This quick action is essential, but it comes with its own problem. The problem is “snapping the knee”. It’s when the energy in the leg doesn’t continue after the movement stops (see Ballet Secret #10c above), and the knee “snaps” backward instead of lengthening outward. Ouch.

This knee snapping movement is easy to do when the tempo of the music is fast and/or the dancer is tense. It seems counter-intuitive, but the faster the music, the more relaxed and extended the legs must be.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #10e:  
“A frappé extends quickly, but the knee shouldn’t snap.”    
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“It is a mistake to think that moving fast is the same as actually going somewhere.”
Steve Goodier

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