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Saturday, August 27, 2016

Saturday Forehead Statute

Saturday Forehead Statute

Have you ever looked into the eyes of your dance partner and instead of maintaining your character you wanted to laugh – or did laugh? This is not unusual, largely because so many male dancers enjoy trying to “break up” their partner’s concentration.

To prevent this, here’s the secret: Instead of looking into your partner’s eyes, focus on the center of his/her forehead. It sounds silly, but it works. Somehow, if you aren’t staring directly into their eyes, it is easier to ignore any distractions they might send your way.

This also works if you have to work with someone you don’t particularly like, and you still have to play a character like Juliet. Just stare dreamily at your partner’s forehead and pretend he is actually Romeo.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #81:  
“ Gaze at the center of your partner’s forehead.”

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“INTEREST. Here is the key to the whole thing. If and when you are truly interested in what you are doing, or are about to do, then you will center your attention on it with little or no effort, and almost irrespective of the attendant conditions.”
Ralph Alfred Habas, The Art of Self-Control

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