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Monday, December 21, 2015

Mad Monday Side to Side

Mad Monday Side to Side

When dancers practice balancing – usually at the barre – they quickly develop the ability to stay “up” for long periods. But most of the time, their eye focus is straight ahead. That’s okay unless the neck (or body) is stiff and there is too much tension being used in order to maintain the balance.

To prevent this, occasionally move the head from side to side while balancing. It will quickly become apparent if the neck (or body) too tense, because this change in focus will throw everything off if it is.

It is good idea to practice this focus change from time to time because dancing in the center seldom has a straight front, rigid focus.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #8h:  
“When balancing on relevé, you should be able to turn your head.”

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