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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Wacky Wednesday Recycle

Wacky Wednesday Recycle

Ballet is not only logical, it is ahead of its time. Ballet technique recycles. Not only that, ballet recycled long before it was cool and promoted.

How does ballet recycle? Here’s how: all early steps, from pliés to tendus, are used to create other steps. Think about it. A tendu is recycled into a dégagé, which is recycled into a grand battement, which is recycled into part of a grand jeté en tournant, etc. etc. That’s only a short list. There are many, many others. The arm positions recycle, too – all the time. The basic port de bras that every beginner learns appear everywhere later. Watch any video of professional dancers and you will see all these (and more) examples of ballet recycling.

This is why it is so critical at barre to hone and polish the basic steps. It’s hard to recycle something that is badly damaged, without compromising the final product.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #7aaa:  
“Ballet steps are always recycled.”

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