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Saturday, July 30, 2016

Saturday Holding Statute

Saturday Holding Statute

Turning blue is frowned upon in ballet. Therefore, Ballet Statute #76 states: Never hold your breath while dancing.”. This sounds so simple, but it is an easy rule to break.

Holding one’s breath is a habit and usually an unconscious one. It happens often when a dancer is tense, worried or confused – and serves only to exacerbate the problem. Oxygen is essential for effective performance, or even for effective living!

There are many ways to break this habit, but the most important is to become aware of those times when you are holding your breath. Usually this is all it takes – awareness. Other things can include conscious relaxation, and making sure to relax your neck and jaw muscles.

Also, remember to breathe through your nose and not your mouth.  
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #76
Never hold your breath while dancing.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Thich Nhat Hanh

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