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Saturday, April 23, 2016

Saturday Excuse Statute

Saturday Excuse Statute

That’s right. There are no excuses in ballet. The word excuse means to remove blame or release from obligation or duty. The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines excuse as: “to say that (someone) is not required to do something”.

Dancers learn Ballet Statute #67 early in their training: There are no excuses in ballet. Just because a dancer feels tired, or sore, or unhappy or whatever – they know these are not excuses for cutting class. That brings up an important distinction. There are no excuses, but there may – rarely - be reasons. A reason for missing class is something unavoidable, unpredictable, etc., like illness, a car accident, or other similarly horrible scenario that one doesn’t even want to think about.

Another old adage is “Excuses don’t get the job done”. And this is so true in ballet!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #67:  
“There are no excuses in ballet.”

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