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Friday, September 8, 2017

Fun Friday Bouncing Ball

Fun Friday Bouncing Ball

You will remember that essential idea for jumps, Ballet Secret #15c: To begin a jump, remember the “up to go down to go up". This secret is perfect for a prop (see the Link of the Day).

Start with a good, bouncy ball (or balls). Drop it, or have a student drop it by just letting it go from their hand. Tell them to notice how high it bounces. Then have them drop it from a higher point and notice how much higher it bounces.

Let the students experiment with different heights, and using more or less force. They’ll see immediately how to improve their jumps.

There it is, visually represented: the up to go down to go up.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #20q:
“Bounce a ball two different ways to illustrate ‘the up to go down to go up’.”

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“There are no disasters, only opportunities.”
Boris Johnson

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