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Monday, November 5, 2018

Marvelous Monday Magic Wand

Marvelous Monday Magic Wand

Today’s postural secret is closely related to a prop image described in Ballet Secret # 20h:  A metal telescoping pointer can illustrate the concept of“pulling up”.

Any time a prop can be used in a ballet class it heightens the effectiveness of the idea being presented. Educators call these things visual aids. But if you don’t happen to have a handy-dandy telescoping pointer, simply describing the idea is the next best thing.

“Pulling up” is often a confusing term for dancers, especially beginners. “Lengthen the spine” is a better directive, but even this phrase has its limitations. Try this: tell students to imagine the spine as a constantly expanding magic wand that extends in two directions: up to the ceiling and down through (and beyond) the floor. The crucial idea here is that this is a constant, gentle lengthening.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #1bbb:
“Imagine the spinal column as an ever-expanding magic wand, moving up to the ceiling and down through the floor.”

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Quote of the Day:
“In this world in which we live simplicity and kindness are the only magic wands that work wonders”
― L. Frank Baum, The Emerald City of Oz

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