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Friday, July 22, 2016

Fun Friday Over Spot

Fun Friday Over Spot

Spotting is an essential component of successful turns. Dancers know this, and so they not only do it – they overdo it (no surprise here).

Instead of keeping the head level and in line, dancers sometimes stay focused on their spotting area too long. If the eyes focus too long on the spot, the head tilts and twists instead of snapping quickly around in a good, level position. I call it over-spotting. This not only slows down the revolution, it disturbs the whole alignment. Scary.

Remember to spot with the rhythm of the music, and this will help the head move quickly and not linger too long focusing on the spot.
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #14aa
Beware of over-spotting.”

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“To accomplish great things we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
(From an introductory speech at a session of the Académie Française, December 24, 1896)”
Anatole France

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