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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Wacky Wednesday Regeneration

Wacky Wednesday Regeneration

Scientists have struggled for centuries to develop a perpetual motion machine. The first documented perpetual motion machines were described by Indian author Bhaskara in 1159. The definition of a perpetual motion machine is: “a machine that can continue to do work indefinitely without drawing energy from some external source; impossible under the law of conservation of energy.

Okay. Dancers may appear to be the embodiment of perpetual motion, but we have a secret: the plié. Pliés allow us to regenerate energy constantly, and they give us the lovely “flow of movement” that makes ballet so compelling and inspiring to watch.

Think of every plié as a gentle (or sometimes not-so-gentle) “push” that produces whatever step or position follows. It is critical that the plié be done as perfectly as possible, and never be relegated to a secondary area of technique.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #2v:  
A plié is a regeneration machine.

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“It takes as much energy to wish as it does to plan.”
Eleanor Roosevelt

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