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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Wild Wednesday Come Forward

Wild Wednesday Come Forward
In the Wizard of Oz, a famous quote from the Wizard is: “Come forward, Tin Man.” This is what should happen to the body (torso) in a développé to arabesque. As the leg moves from passé to arabesque, the body moves gradually forward and upward - and the arms move forward too. Don’t forget and leave the arms behind!
So often dancers try to keep the body in the same place and wonder why it is such a struggle to get their arabesque higher. Also, even when the body moves forward correctly, sometimes the arms do not and the dancer essentially moves the body into the arms – squashing them. And, we all know there is no squashing in ballet.
Come forward, Tin Man! 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #11i 
When performing a développé to arabesque, the body (torso) moves forward.

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