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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Wild Wednesday Dagger Dégagés

Wild Wednesday Dagger Dégagés

Dégagés are more than extended tendues. Yes, they come off the floor, but there is also a change in tempo and dynamics. Whether the musical accent is inward or outward, there is a quick, efficient attack to a dégagé. This prepares dancers for fast, clean footwork in the center.

To achieve this sharp attack, imagine dégagé daggers. The feet work sharply and cut cleanly in and out of fifth position like a freshly sharpened knife.) And studies have shown that sharp knives are actually safer than dull ones – seriously.)

So picture your dégagés moving like sharp daggers, slicing through the air as they move in and out.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret # 4ddd:
“Dégagés must work cleanly and sharply, like daggers.”

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