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Friday, November 9, 2018

Fun Friday Tennis Balls

Fun Friday Tennis Balls

I love a good prop. They are indispensible in a ballet class – for any age. Props are most often used with pre-schoolers or very young dancers, but I find they are effective for any age.

Case in point (no pun intended): teaching students to “squeeze their landings” or “resist upward” when descending from a relevé is often a difficult concept. Gravity works, after all, and too often the heels come back to the floor with little or no resistance. Ouch!

Place a tennis ball under each heel when the dancer is in relevé (use less-than-firm tennis balls for this); and have then feel the correct “squash” and resistance of the landing.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret 20w#:
“Use tennis balls under the heels to illustrate how to correctly descend from a relevé.”

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“Try throwing a ball just once for a dog. It would be like eating only one peanut or potato chip. Try to ignore the importuning of a Golden Retriever who has brought you his tennis ball, the greatest treasure he possesses!”
-         Roger Caras

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