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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Super Saturday Squash

Super Saturday Squash
It’s almost Halloween, and this idea doesn’t involve pumpkins, but it involves the next best thing: squash. Not the vegetable (the noun), though, but the verb “squash”.
There is no squashing in ballet. That’s correct. None. Not the arms, not the legs, not the torso (gasp!). The exact opposite is true. Everything pulls up, or away, or resists an opposite movement. Squashing occurs when laziness or gravity (or both) win. Not good.
A part of the brain must be constantly alert for squashing. When the first indication of a squash occurs, a warning bell goes off.
So this Halloween, beware of the dreaded squash. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Statute # 48:  
“There is no squashing in ballet.”

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