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Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Wacky Wednesday Paper Thin

Wacky Wednesday Paper Thin

A problem with dégagés to second is when they cease to go in a straight in-and- out pattern and begin to have a slight “aroundness”. They become a hybrid (see previous blogs) of rond de jambe and dégagé. Rond de gé – which doesn’t exist.

I believe this is largely mental. Dancers know they have to take their working leg around the supporting leg when going from fifth front to fifth back, hence the rond de jambe pattern. Instead, think of the supporting leg being as thin as a piece of paper – that way it is easier to make the working leg go in-and-out (in an angular pattern) instead of around.

If the paper image seems too weak, imagine a thin, immovable piece of metal or steel instead. No rond de gés!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #4w:
“When doing dégagés from fifth to second, imagine your supporting leg is as thin as a piece of paper.”

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