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Saturday, November 7, 2015

Super Saturday Fishing Statute

Super Saturday Fishing Statute

The feet in ballet are always doing something. There are either pointing, on the way to pointing, on demi-pointe, full pointe, or melding against the floor as a critical support. At no time do they flop. Feet flopping around like dead fish should never, ever, happen.

A flopping fish foot tends to occur when the dancer is concentrating on the other foot – I see it often during a series of relevés on one foot. The raised foot is the forgotten one and it flops around near the ankle or knee. Horrors!

A flopping foot is caused by a lack of energy (or no energy at all) in the foot. This means the energy has stopped somewhere along the pathway to the foot. And, as well all know, the energy must always extend out beyond the extremities, not just to the end of the feet, arms or head.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #51:  
“There are no “fish” feet in ballet.”

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