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Monday, August 1, 2016

Mad Monday Idle

Mad Monday Idle

Dancers are almost constantly moving. The key word here is almost.

When a dancer isn’t moving, whether it is in the wings awaiting an entrance, or even in the middle of a variation or combination of steps, it is important that the “engine” is never turned off. It’s like an automobile: the engine must be set to idle, and the ignition must not be turned off. If a vehicle’s engine is turned off, it takes longer – especially in older cars – to warm up and come back to full effectiveness. It’s the same for a dancer.

This is why dancers are often observed doing small jogging steps (or something similar) in the wings. They are idling their engine, staying warm and ready. The only time the motor is turned off is when the dancing is finished.
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #7jjj  
Idling is as important as moving.”

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