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Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Wild Wednesday Circular Patterns

Wild Wednesday Circular Patterns

By now everyone is most likely involved in rehearsing for the upcoming performances of Nutcracker, and I’d guess that somewhere in that choreography is a circular pattern – often seen by dancers doing piqué turns or something similar.

The problem with circles is maintaining their size. As dancers move around the circle, the circle –almost inevitably – gets smaller. Why is this?

Dancers are taught to “replace the dancer in front” and that is mostly true. The problem is this:  if the dancer goes directly (in a straight line) to where the dancer before them was, it cuts the circle ever so slightly. That’s why the circle gets a little smaller on each go-round.

Instead, replace the dancer in front by going slightly outside where they were. It’s as though a circle were drawn on the floor, and the dancer stays on this curved line (slightly outside the dancer in front).

This way, the circle maintains a constant size.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #21l:
“To maintain a circular formation go slightly to the outside of the dancer in front of you.”

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