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Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wild Wednesday Penchée

Wild Wednesday Penchée

Although it is usually done in arabesque, a penchée can be performed in many different positions, and in different directions – forward, back or side.

The word itself means to incline or lean, and that is exactly what happens: a balanced lean. The secret to a penchée of any kind is to remember that the working leg controls the descent, not the torso. For every inch the leg moves, the torso is allowed to move (not the reverse). This is what allows the dancer to maintain balance. In other words, the leg and torso maintain the same distance or relationship to each other.

Also, remember Ballet Secret #18: In an arabesque penchée, keep the weight over the ball of the foot;  and, as always, there is an equal and opposite energy sent outward in all directions.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #18u:  
“A penchée can be done in several different positions.”

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