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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Wacky Wednesday Rail Lines

Wacky Wednesday Rail Lines

You will remember Ballet Secret #6a:  The arms move in specific “highways”. Today’s idea may work better for some students.

Instead of highways, imagine railroad tracks. Trains cannot leave the track or else there will be a train wreck. It’s the same with balletic port de bras. The arms are only permitted to move along certain tracks, and seldom go anywhere else. No track wreck arms are permitted.

There’s the horizontal track forming a half circle at the height of the lower rib cage rib (well away from the body) that moves from fifth en avant to a la second; the vertical half circle from the hair line (fifth en haut) that moves out and down through fifth en avant to fifth en bas; and the full circle from the hair line (fifth en haut) to second position and on down to en bas. There are also the “rail sidings” that move from fifth en avant to arabesque.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #6xxx:
“The arms must adhere to the railroad tracks.”

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“It ought to be plain how little you gain
by getting excited and vexed.
You'll always be late for the previous train,
and always on time for the next.”
― Piet Hein

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