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Saturday, November 21, 2015

Sensational Saturday Statute

Sensational Saturday Statute
Dancers are always on a quest for perfection. That’s okay, but they must always keep in mind that perfection is, by definition, unobtainable. No human being is perfect, and no dancer has perfect technique.
Therefore, consider Ballet Statute #52: “Progress doesn’t involve doing it perfectly, but doing it differently.” That’s right, doing a step perfectly is unreasonable to expect. However, doing a step differently is another thing altogether.
In other words, in each class strive to feel something different, or perform a step with a slight variation. All this is driven by the feedback received in class. Whenever a dancer tries to change something, it can feel “wrong”, especially if they have done it a certain way for a long period of time. So they must strive to find a new feeling in order to improve the step.
That’s what the Statute means. Doing things differently helps a dancer get a step closer to perfection. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #52 
“Progress doesn’t involve doing it perfectly, but doing it differently.”

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