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Saturday, October 31, 2015

Sensational Saturday Catch

Sensational Saturday Catch

Earlier I talked about the position of the hands in ballet and how there should never be any “hamburger hands” – that is, it shouldn’t look like the dancer is holding a giant hamburger…

There is another common problem with hand positions, and that is when the fingers stretch not only forward, but outward, splaying the fingers into a position that resembles a catcher’s mitt in baseball. Not good. There are no catcher’s mitt hands in ballet. Ever.

Instead, the hand position involves only a slight extension of the fingers beyond the normally relaxed position the hands have when they are simply hanging at the side of the body.  The thumb falls in line with the slightly extended fingers and never splays out away from them, just as it does when the hand is relaxed.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #50p:  
“There are no catcher’s mitts in ballet.”

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