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Monday, April 14, 2014

Mad Monday Scissors

Mad Monday Scissors
When performing a set of dégagés from fifth to à la seconde, there is a tendency for the working leg to circle slightly, instead of traveling in a straight, angular path, especially when closing in the back.  The correct path is important for a number of reasons, but mainly because it is designed to train the leg to take the most direct course, so in the center the dancer’s balance and line is maintained.  It is also important because the posture is often compromised – the seat will often tip (remember no tucking, tipping, or tilting) backwards.
To prevent all of these problems, picture how scissors work as they cut:  a straight, in and out pattern is what achieves a good, sharp cut.  Now imagine a pair of loose scissors and how they can’t cut well at all.  Therefore, the legs should work like a good, tight pair of scissors, slicing the air cleanly with each dégagé. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #4e 
“Sequential dégagés from fifth to second should operate like scissors."
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