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Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Wild Wednesday Foot Edge

Wild Wednesday Foot Edge

Ah, the seemingly simple rond de jambe. It is one of the first things a beginner learns, and as the saying goes - it takes a lifetime to perfect (like everything in ballet).

One perilous pitfall in a rond de jambe is coming through first position on the front edge of the foot (“rolling in” or pronating). This usually happens when the foot is coming from the back, but can also occur in the opposite direction. This means the little toe is completely off the floor (gasp!).

Always feel the floor on the whole bottom of the foot and all five toes as the foot passes through first position. Often the reason this edge-of-foot problem occurs is because the pelvis is tilted back (seat up), the rotation in the hip is not being used and this makes it difficult, if not impossible, for the whole foot to come in contact with the floor.

Be aware of this perilous pitfall, keep the rotation engaged, and the edge-of-foot problem will be soon be overcome.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #22n:
“Avoid the edge of the foot in first position.”

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