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Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Tuesday Spiral Staircase

Tuesday Spiral Staircase
An attitude turn is an interesting animal.  Like an arabesque turn, the dancer’s central axis does not come from the supporting foot upward in a straight line that exits through the top of the head.  Rather, it comes from the supporting foot straight up through the supporting leg and exits in the mid to lower back (and on upward to infinity).  This is the same central pole position as in a stationery attitude (or arabesque) position, because an attitude turn is, not surprisingly, an attitude that just happens to turn.
It helps to imagine a spiral staircase.  If you look at a photograph of such a staircase, you can see the central pole of support with the stair steps themselves spiraling upward around it.  This is what happens in an attitude turn.  The position spirals around a central axis.  The dancer’s head is never directly above the supporting foot as it is in other turns.  Instead, it follows a wider circular path, around and upwards – like the stairs on a spiral staircase.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #14f 
“In an attitude turn, imagine a spiral staircase.”

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