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Monday, January 21, 2019

Marvelous Monday Parallel

Marvelous Monday Parallel

One balletic secret involves the geometry of beautiful positioning, or what dancers call “line”. And beautiful line most definitely involves geometry.

You can take any dance photograph and with a ruler trace lines following  the arms and legs and see how, in any balletic position, there are actually lots of lovely angles and lines running parallel – either to an arm or a leg, or parallel to the floor. You’ll also find lovely perpendicular lines, like the one created by a six o’clock penchée. And of course, there are curves, too.

The beginning of today’s video Link of the Day beautifully illustrates the parallel lines created in an arabesque.

Be aware of these geometric patterns and your balletic line will improve immediately.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #:21qq
“The back arm in arabesque should be parallel to the working leg.”

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Quote of the Day:
“You don’t see something until you have the right metaphor to let you perceive it”
― James Gleick, Chaos: Making a New Science

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