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Monday, October 26, 2015

Marvelous Monday Same Shape

Marvelous Monday Same Shape

For beginning dancers, and also for more advanced ones, the shape of the foot in passé (retire), can be a problem. This is because of the body’s perverse desire to “wrap” or sickle the working foot as it approaches the supporting knee.

To prevent this, have the student tendu to the side, and look at the shape of the foot. Then have them concentrate on how this shape feels, without looking at it. This is the feeling necessary to avoid the dreaded sickled foot in passé.

A correctly shaped passé is also related to correctly rotating the working leg in the hip socket. It is much more difficult to sickle the foot when the entire leg is properly turned-out.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #18n:  
“The shape of the foot in tendu is the same in passé.”

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“Today is a new day that has been handed to you for shaping. You have the tools, now get out there and create a masterpiece.”
Steve Maraboli, The Power of One

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