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Friday, November 4, 2016

Fun Friday Circuit

Fun Friday Circuit

Dancers know Ballet Secret #4a: “A tendu never leaves the floor.  Otherwise it is not a tendu”. But knowing doesn’t always translate into doing, so here is another way of thinking about tendues  that will (hopefully) keep them in contact with the floor at all times.

Remember  those science demonstrations where a professor touched two wires together to complete a circuit and thus made a light bulb light up? That’s how to imagine a tendu. When the foot is on the floor the “circuit” is complete and  the dancer continues to move. But if there is any interruption in the “circuit” the power is cut off and the dancer suddenly freezes in position. Gulp!

Therefore, to prevent freezes, the tendu must stay in contact with the floor.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #4v:  
“Never “break the circuit” of a tendu.”

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