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Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday Statute No Spot

Saturday Statute No Spot

I’ve talked about spotting and its importance several times. Here is yet another reason why spotting is so critical.

If a dancer doesn’t spot, or spots too aggressively, it causes a change in alignment. Not spotting usually means the dancer is looking in too many other places (often on the floor, gasp!), which causes the head to drop slightly forward. The other habit that happens is a “deer in the headlights” non-focus which causes the head and neck to be too rigid. And, often the problem is over-spotting – keeping the focus on the spot too long, requiring a tilt in the head to keep looking at the same place.

Whatever the problem, the result is the same: an alteration in the alignment of the body. And without that alignment, the turns will suffer.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Statute #3487:  
“Not spotting, or over-spotting ,distorts the alignment.”

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