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Saturday, June 4, 2016

Saturday Death Grip

Saturday Death Grip

The barre is like a trusted partner for a dancer. It helps, but shouldn’t become a crutch, and it must always be treated with respect. The most common problem is the “death grip” – when a student holds the barre so tightly that the white knuckle complex results. Not good.

The barre can well be imagined as a human partner, and it should be held with the same pressure one would hold the hand of a partner. No broken bones allowed! It’s like holding a carton of eggs: firmly enough so it can’t be dropped, but not so tightly that the eggs are crushed.

It also helps to let go of the barre periodically during each exercise, just to make sure the placement is correct. Remember “Let Go and Know” from a previous blog!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Statute #100:  
Never have a death grip on the barre.

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