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Saturday, November 14, 2015

Saturday Tense Statute

Saturday Tense Statute

The arms in ballet are physical, but never tense. This goes hand-in-hand with Ballet Statute #11: "For any movement, use the amount of tension you need, no more and no less.” The arms are not “wimpy” but they must appear to be light and fluid, masking the fact that they are actually strong. Excessive tension gives it all away.

The problem with the arms is that the energy in them often matches the energy and attack required in the legs: in grand battement for example, the arms often tense up and the elbows lock – as though the arms were doing the battements.

The three biggest symptoms of tense arms are: 1. Locked elbows, 2. Splayed fingers, and 3. Lifted shoulders. Be on the lookout!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #52:  
“The arms are never tense in ballet.”

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