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Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Wacky Wednesday Mini-Elevator

Wacky Wednesday Mini-Elevator

Here we go again with another elevator image! Elevators are so useful – they go up and down reliably (most of the time), and maintain a dependably level position.

Imagine that your patella (kneecap) is a tiny elevator. It moves upward when the knee is straight and downward when the knee is relaxed. This movement is very visible, and is something dance teachers look for to determine if a student’s knee is fully straight or isn’t quite there. To fully straighten their knees, students must think about the patella, and remember that straightening the knee requires a sensation of pulling up not pushing back.

The patella is designed to move just like an elevator – straight up and straight down without deviation, and a fully straight knee requires the elevator to go all the way to the penthouse.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret 7hhh:  
“Imagine the patella as a mini-elevator that goes straight up and down.”

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