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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Saturday Homework Statute

Saturday Homework Statute
As we slide into the holiday break, it’s time to talk about Ballet Statute #55: “There is always some homework in ballet.” Now, I don’t mean written homework, or even a set exercise kind of homework. No, this is more of an awareness homework.
Bad habits that creep into ballet technique often exist elsewhere – usually in places where they would not be considered exceptionally “bad”. Students may look down when they walk, or fidget with their fingers, or purse their lips when concentrating. These are habits that are not allowed in ballet.
So pay attention to the things you do unconsciously that are “bad for ballet”. That’s the homework. When you realize that you are doing something “bad” replace that habit with a better one. Then, in the next ballet class, there won’t be as many bad habits appearing.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Statute #55 
“There is always some homework in ballet.”

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