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Friday, December 16, 2016

Fun Friday Slouch and Slice

Fun Friday Slouch and Slice

The action of a dégagé is sharp and clean, and it should slice through the air like a knife. When moving en croix there must never be any rounded corners, and each dégagé must move in an angular – not circular - pathway. I have blogged about this before.

However, if a dancer sinks or slouches during an exercise, then the working foot can no longer come in and out of fifth cleanly – if at all. It gets stuck. Often third position is as good as it gets. Gasp!

Therefore, dancers must avoid slouching, sinking, drooping, sagging or dropping in their posture, or the slicing action of a dégagé will be thoroughly and completely compromised.

Don't slouch, slice!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #4x:  
“Slouching prevents the correct slicing action of a dégagé.”

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