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Friday, October 23, 2015

Fun Friday Powerhouse

Fun Friday Powerhouse

Never underestimate the power of a plié. This is one of the biggest mistakes dancers make. Because it is a basic step, and one they have used for the entirety of their dancing life, the poor plié is taken for granted. It is considered a small thing, an unimportant thing. So sad.

Pliés are the backbone, the powerhouse of ballet, providing the propulsion and stability for almost any step imaginable. Yet pliés are horribly underutilized. Pliés have a tendency to shrink and tighten when a dancer is preoccupied with other thoughts, thus becoming little more than a wrinkle in the tights. And a tiny, tight plié is not a very useful plié.

So during your next class, focus on every single plié, wherever they are. Make sure each one is rich, resilient, and useful. You might be surprised at the results.
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #2u:  
The plié is the powerhouse of ballet.

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““It has long been an axiom of mine that the little things are infinitely the most important.”
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