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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Saturday Shrinking

Saturday Shrinking

The word shrink means: “become or make smaller in size or amount”, and “move back or away, especially because of fear”.

Well! This is why there is no shrinking in ballet. Making oneself or one’s movements smaller is always counterproductive. Remember Ballet Statute #13:When in doubt, step out.”  Reaching out elongates the muscles and helps them work more efficiently. Shrinking makes everything contract. Shrinking  didn’t exactly work well for the wicked witch in the Wizard of Oz, did it?

Then there’s the fear part. Yes, I know. We’ve all been there. Scary steps, fear of failure or falling (gasp!) – it’s all a part of the wonderful world of ballet. But throw at least a little caution to the wind and stamp out shrinking!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Statute #120:
“There is no shrinking in ballet.”

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“Don't shrink your standards, link yourself with those who think and ink like you.”
― Michael Bassey Johnson

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