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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Wacky Wednesday Toothpaste

Wacky Wednesday Toothpaste

If a survey were taken to determine which ballet step is the most hated by dancers, it might be rond de jambe en l’air. Or not. But the rond en l’air is challenging and tiring, and so it probably will never win the Most Loved Step Award.

One of the problems with this step occurs at the point of full leg extension. The working leg is at 90 degrees (the most difficult place to sustain), and if the dancer is tired there is a tendency to “snap” the leg out quickly. This is not good for a number of reasons: stress on the knee joint, disruption in placement, and probably an appalling lack of musicality. Ugh.

To stop this horrible cascading series of unfortunate events, imagine squeezing toothpaste out of a tube. One would never smash the tube; rather, it would be gently squeezed to get the toothpaste out without making a mess. It is the same for rond de jambes en l’air: the leg extends outward by squeezing, not smashing or snapping.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #11k:  
“A rond de jambe en l’air should have the feeling of squeezing toothpaste out of the tube.”

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“The word "frustration" is defined as the unfortunate tendency of lessening one's destiny. Rise up and take all frustrations away! Stop squeezing your dreams into a small size... You were not created to settle for less!”
Israelmore Ayivor

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