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Friday, June 10, 2016

Fun Friday Cotton Candy

 Fun Friday Cotton Candy

Turns in attitude or arabesque are different than other turns, like standard pirouettes. In a regular pirouette, whether it is en dedans or en dehors, the dancer’s head is centered over the supporting foot. But in an open position like attitude derriere or arabesque, the head isn’t centered over the foot – it is slightly in front of it.

Because of this difference in alignment, the turn itself is different. It revolves more slowly, and it has more of a spiraling feeling. Remember Ballet Secret #14f: “In an attitude turn, imagine a spiral staircase.”

Another way to think of these turns in open positions is to imagine a cone of cotton candy being made, with the spun candy spiraling around and around, gradually building up around the supporting cone. The cone is solid and doesn’t change, but the candy moves constantly around it. The cone represents the dancer’s central axis of support in the attitude position.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #15p:  
In an attitude or arabesque turn, imagine cotton candy being made.

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“To seek approval is to have no resting place, no sanctuary. Like all judgment, approval encourages a constant striving. It makes us uncertain of who we are and of our true value. Approval cannot be trusted. It can be withdrawn at any time no matter what our track record has been. It is as nourishing of real growth as cotton candy. Yet many of us spend our lives pursuing it.”
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