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Monday, October 12, 2015

Marvelous Monday Elevator Shaft

Marvelous Monday Elevator Shaft

Here we go again with yet another elevator image.  You will remember Ballet Secret #1m:  Imagine the navel (belly button)is an elevator “up” button.  Press in it and hold when you want to go up; and Ballet Secret #12a: Press the elevator button (belly button/abdominals) in to facilitate a gentle landing from a grand battement. But today’s image is most closely related to Ballet Secret #2m: Plié like your body is an elevator in a shaft.

Let’s get specific. Imagine that the pelvis is the elevator car itself. This car is nice and level and square and the occupants don’t get thrown around during the ride up or down. That’s exactly how the pelvis should work during plies, with no tipping or tucking or rocking around. Just a simple, straight up and down ride with no turbulence.

So imagine the pelvis as an elevator car filled with people who wish to remain standing upright.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #2t:  
Imagine your pelvis as an elevator car going evenly up and down in a shaft during pliés.”

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