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Saturday, September 23, 2017

Saturday Imagery Statute

Saturday Imagery Statute

This Ballet Statute is one of the most important. I’ve talked about imagery a lot, and I’ve used it in many, many Ballet Secrets. But imagery is so powerful that it is worth repeating.

“Imagery can be thought of as the cognitive or imaginary rehearsal of a skill or situation without overt muscular movement.”

This site also suggests:

“In order to get the most out of your imagery, try to keep the
following principles in mind:
Practice regularly: Just like normal physical practice, imagery probably will not have an immediate effect and both diligence and patience will help. Try to set aside a few minutes in the morning to set you up for the day ahead, evaluate via imagery for five minutes after each class or lesson, or go over the learning points of the day in your head before going to sleep.
It is better to carry out short, regular imagery sessions than long, infrequent
sessions. A few minutes make a good start – and should ensure that concentration stays on task!
Mentally rehearse specific skills or qualities you are working on in your technical
training, above and close to your current level of performance.
Use all of your senses so you feel you are actually in the situation executing the skills.”

Much of this refers to longer mental rehearsals, but I also like to use short, simple images in class – like holding a beach ball for fifth en avant, for example. You can find many of these images by going back over my previous blog entries.

Today’s Link of the Day is an article that details some of the science and reasoning behind all of this. Search for more articles online and you’ll find them.  Imagery is not just a woo-woo idea, and nowadays most people recognize that. There is science behind it, and the results speak for themselves.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #:
Never underestimate the power of mental imagery.

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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