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Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Wacky Wednesday Wring

Wacky Wednesday Wring

Here we are in the middle of the week, and it seems like a good time to talk about spirals. I’ve talked a lot about two-way energy (and more), but there is a different type of energy required for certain things.

For example, in an attitude derriere, or in a turn in this position. In any derriere position the body is balanced around a central (imaginary) pole (see previous blogs). Therefore, the energy isn’t as straight up and down as it is in most other steps. Instead, it is a spiral. That’s right. Just like a spiral staircase or a corkscrew, the energy pattern moves more like a spiral than an arrow (as an example, see today's Link of the Day).

To demonstrate this, take a towel, wring it out (figuratively), then hold it vertically. In this twisty towel position, dancers can see what a spiral should look (and feel!) like.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret # 58g:
“To demonstrate a spiral of energy, wring out a towel.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.” 
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

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