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Friday, December 30, 2016

Fun Friday Rock and Roll

Fun Friday Rock and Roll

Sometimes the difficulty in pointe work isn’t when dancers are on pointe, but when they are on flat (the whole foot). That’s due to the thickness of the sole of a pointe shoe, which is different than that of a ballet shoe. Very different! This is just one of the surprises students confront when they take their first pointe class.

It’s normal to feel a bit of rock and roll when trying to balance on the whole foot. Over time, dancers learn to recognize and accommodate this fact. While excessive movement in the ankle is to be avoided, a bit of movement is going to happen. Watch any dancer doing Giselle’s 2nd act adage variation and you’ll see the slight movement in the support ankle I’m talking about.

So don’t worry about a slight bit of rock and roll. It happens.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #23c:
“ The sole of a pointe shoe is thick, and this must be recognized.”

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