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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Wacky Wednesday Cactus

Wacky Wednesday Cactus

We all know there is no drooping in ballet (Ballet Statute #18). Yet so often the arms and particularly the elbows continue to droop. This happens often during pirouettes or jumps where the arms are in fifth en avant (first). Not only do the elbows droop, but the whole arm position then squashes inward. Scary.

To prevent drooping and/or squashing arms in fifth en avant, imagine hugging a cactus. A nice, prickly cactus. This will keep your arms and elbows at a safe distance, and there will be no drooping or squashing.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #16t:
In fifth en avant (first) imagine hugging a cactus.

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“He'd always had a quickening of the heart when he crossed into Arizona and beheld the cactus country. This was as the desert should be, this was the desert of the picture books, with the land unrolled to the farthest distant horizon hills, with saguaro standing sentinel in their strange chessboard pattern, towering supinely above the fans of ocotillo and brushy mesquite.”
Dorothy B. Hughes, The Expendable Man

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1 comment:

  1. there have important step about dance due to arms and elbows at a safe distance, and there will be no drooping or squashing.

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