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Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Wacky Wednesday Engine

Wacky Wednesday Engine

I’ve blogged before about how a plié is the powerhouse of ballet. Today let’s think about this: a plié is an engine and an air mattress. That’s right. It is the original multi-tasker.

The engine part is obvious: it powers the step that follows it, and is critical to the success of that step. Critical. Without a plié, it is difficult, if not impossible, to perform most steps successfully. If you don’t believe me, try any step  (carefully) with and without a preceding plié and see what you think.

That brings us to the air mattress part. That’s the cushioning action of every plié that follows a step (especially a jump). No stuntman would jump out a window without having an air mattress at the bottom to cushion his fall, and no dancer should land a jump without a plié. Otherwise: Ouch!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #2v:  
“A plié is an engine and an air mattress.

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