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Friday, April 8, 2016

Fun Friday Worry

Fun Friday Worry

There is a peculiar moment that happens – with some regularity – at the bottom of a plié, especially if this plié is the impetus for a turn. This moment involves  a momentary (or longer) pause. Scary.

A plié, as we all know, is a movement not a position, and any pause at all stops the movement and creates a position. Not good. I call this the “worry moment”. It is where the dancer’s fears of failure come to rest. This does not help create a beautiful turn, or anything else for that matter.

The solution is simple: don’t stop, pause or (gasp!) sit at the bottom of a plié. This gives those pesky worries a chance to surface and wreak havoc.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #2x:  
Sitting in a plié creates a worry moment.

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