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Friday, December 15, 2017

Fun Friday Elbow to Ear

Fun Friday Elbow to Ear

In fifth en haut, or high fifth, the arms create a picture frame for the dancer’s head and face. To create this correctly, there must always be a space between the ears and the elbows of the lifted arms.

If there is no space, it means the arms are drooping, and we all know there is no drooping in ballet. Or, it means the arms are stretching too much, placing the elbows too close to the ears. To keep the proper spacing, elongate the arms until there is only a slight curve at the elbow, thus creating a lovely oval (not round) shape.

Also, remember to maintain the proper space between the fingers at the top of the oval: the distance between the two hands is approximately the length of the little finger.

Now you have the perfect picture frame! 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #6eee:
“Maintain the elbow-to-ear space in fifth en haut.”

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