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Saturday, October 22, 2016

Fun Friday Bookends

Fun Friday Bookends

Every grand battement includes tendu and a dégagé– on the way up and on the way down. This is important because it ensures that the foot is pointed before it ever leaves the floor.

Think of it like this: there are bookends on each side of a grand battement. On the way up it’s tendu, dégagé; and on the way down it’s dégagé, tendu. Neat, efficient bookends. 

And just as bookends on a shelf keep books from losing their upright alignment and falling over, grand battement bookends do the same thing for dancers – and more. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #12f:  
“Remember grand battement bookends…”   
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