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Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Wondrous Wednesday Different Things

Wondrous Wednesday Different Things
As I have said many times, ballet class is repetitive. So how do you keep your motivation? It’s a matter of feeling different sensations during the same, familiar steps. Particularly when a dancer is young and honing basic skills, feeling new sensations in every class is important.
 For example, in order to gain more flexibility, a dancer must stretch to a point where an “extra” stretch, or muscular pull (a gentle one) is felt. It’s like the saying, “If you do what you’ve always done, you’ll get what you’ve always gotten”. This is so true for dance training! Don’t just go where it is comfortable, go a little further. Try an extra turn, an extra stretch, or some extra energy – and understand that it won’t work right away. But over time, it will.
The important message here is that dancers should never be bored in class. If they are, they don’t yet understand how to work effectively.
From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #7bbb 
“Strive to feel something different in every class.”

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