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Monday, September 17, 2018

Madcap Monday Mush

Madcap Monday Mush

The verb articulate means “express (an idea or feeling) fluently and coherently”. It can also be used to describe movement.

A dancer must articulate every step, making each one clear and yet never letting the audience see where one step ends and the other begins. All choreography or sets of steps must be seamless.

Often the difficulty lies in the linking steps, like glissade or chassé. These steps are often all but ignored, not articulated and thus the whole thing becomes mushy and out-of-focus. Scary.

When working on a piece of choreography, take time to work on smoothly transitioning between each step – regardless of how unimportant a single step may seem.

No mush!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #21vv:
“Articulate your movements.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Vivid simplicity is the articulation, the nature of genius.” 
― Criss Jami

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