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Monday, August 29, 2016

Mad Monday Shelf

Mad Monday Shelf

The position of the arms in first, (or fifth en avant) is used constantly. It is important that this position be clean and accurate. The hands are level with the lower rib cage (some schools of training say the navel). 

The problem occurs when dancers “pull up” their posture, they also tend to pull up their arms. This puts the position somewhere around their clavicles (collar bones). Scary.

To fix this dilemma, imagine having a shelf that extends from the lower rib cage. It goes outward, parallel to the floor, and gives the edge of the hands a place to slide across - or gently rest upon.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #6rr:  
“Imagine a shelf extending from the lower rib cage.”

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