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Friday, May 18, 2018

Fun Friday Winding

Fun Friday Winding

It feels like something that should work. It feels right. It feels natural. But no. Winding up before a turn is terribly counterproductive. Not to mention unattractive.

Winding up is when the upper body and the arms move out of a correct position and spiral in the opposite direction of the forthcoming turn. Yes, it seems like the right thing to do – even the instinctive thing to do – but it only serves to ruin the body’s alignment, right before the turn. Scary.

Plus, it gives your body a further distance to turn. Think about it. It also makes the body go through more gyrations to actually get to a clean retiré position.

Instead, especially for en dedans pirouettes, make sure the fourth position is cleanly facing the corner of your square or box, without allowing your pelvis to tilt backwards (another common problem).

Winding is for vintage watches, antique clocks, or picturesque dirt roads – not  pirouettes.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #14tt:
“Never ‘wind up’ during a turn preparation.”

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“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.”
- Edward Abbey

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