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Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday Worse and Better

Saturday Worse and Better

You may have noticed an interesting phenomenon that happens in ballet training. Some days when you work really hard on something – like pirouettes – they seem to get worse. It’s frustrating, to say the least. But don’t despair!

The next day, as if by magic, the pirouettes are usually better! What happened? I wish I could give you a great, scientific answer, but I don’t have one. But this phenomenon is common in all physical skills, from rehab from an injury, to gymnastic skills, and for dancers.

My theory is that it takes time for the brain to process the new information and I believe a good night’s sleep probably helps solidify everything. That’s why it all falls together the next day.

Just a theory…

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Statute #94:  
“Things often get worse before they get better.”

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