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Monday, June 13, 2016

Marvelous Monday Shin

Marvelous Monday Shin

There are rond de jambes and then there are grand rond de jambes. The most difficult grand rond de jambe to perform is the en dedans (reverse) one. Moving the leg from arabesque or attitude to ä la seconde is tricky, and often there appears a moment referred to as a “doggie attitude” for obvious reasons.

This is to be avoided at all costs. To prevent doggie moments in grand rond de jambe en dedans, think of extending the energy in the working leg backwards at the moment the movement begins, then feel the leg being led by the shinbone (tibia) until it resolves into the ä la seconde position.

This helps maintain turn-out and prevent unnecessary canine poses.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #11j:  
In a reverse grand rond de jambe, imagine extending and leading  from the shin bone.

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