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Monday, November 23, 2015

Mad Monday Feet Reach

Mad Monday Feet Reach

All dancers know that they are supposed to reach,(i.e. send energy) out through the tips of their toes when the feet are pointed. But there is an equally important way for energy to flow from the feet: from the bottom.

That’s right. The bottoms of the feet are always sending energy down through the floor, whenever a dancer is standing on them. Although the majority of weight is placed over the ball of the foot, there is still a constant energy downward from the whole foot. This is especially important in steps like rond de jambe a terre, because often the weight is too far over the balls of the feet, causing the heels to lift far off the floor in first position. Instead, there is a sensation of an under-circle path, with the deepest part of the rond de jambe being in first position.

So think about the places where a “reach from the feet” can help.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #7aa:  
“Remember to reach from the bottoms of the feet.”

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