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Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Wondrous Wednesday Butterfly Kisses

Wondrous Wednesday Butterfly Kisses
For correct placement, a dancer’s weight should never be over the heels. Everyone knows this fact. But how much contact with the floor should the heels have – if any?
Balanchine is reputed to have said that he should be able to “slide a piece of paper under the heels”, and this is a great image for getting the weight over the balls of the feet. But there are other ways and times when the heels contact the floor.
In jumping, there needs to be a strong contact with the floor to provide an impetus, but in a promenade, the heels do not touch the floor at all except momentarily, etc. So there are different pressures exerted by the heels required by different steps.
To remember which type to use, imagine butterfly kisses going from the heels to the floor. Sometimes those kisses barely touch the floor, but sometimes they “kiss” strongly.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #7ccc 
“Imagine butterfly kisses from the heels to the floor.”

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"...nothing is more articulate than a kiss."
Jarod Kintz, It Occurred to Me

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