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Saturday, December 17, 2016

Saturday GBP Statute

Saturday GBP Statute

Training for any physical skill involves some physical pain, although I prefer to call it “discomfort”. True pain signals a problem, either improper technique or injury or both.

However, especially for beginning dancers, it often comes as a surprise that some movements (stretching, etc.) aren’t comfortable. I tell them that some discomfort is necessary and they will soon be able to distinguish between “good pain” and “bad pain”. Their goal is to have GBP, or Good Ballet Pain, but not BBP, Bad Ballet Pain.

Usually the difference is clear. Bad pain is extreme, often sudden or ongoing. It prevents normal activity, like walking or standing up from a sitting position. Good pain, on the other hand, is not extreme or debilitating – it can more accurately be described as soreness, achiness, etc.

BBP should never be ignored, whereas, GBP is just part of the process!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid # 94
“Dancers must learn to recognize Good Ballet Pain.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Fatigue, discomfort, discouragement are merely symptoms of effort.”
Morgan Freeman

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