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Monday, January 9, 2017

Mad Monday Roman Coin

Mad Monday Roman Coin

In an ecarté, dancers often have difficulty with the positioning of the head because it is different than the other positions of the body. In most positions, the head assumes a 1/4 turn combined with an incline, but in an ecarté it is a direct turn (chin over the shoulder) and no incline.

The best way to imagine this is to picture a Roman coin with the head of a statesman on it. Or, just look at a Lincoln penny. Either way, both show a direct profile, with no incline.

This important because without that direct profile, the position looks odd and is unbalanced. Not good!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #5g:
In an ecarté, the head is in profile, like the head on a Roman coin.”

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