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Saturday, December 26, 2015

Super Saturday Mountain Goats

Super Saturday Mountain Goats

There is an old joke that says all mountain goats have two short legs so they can walk on a steep slope and not tumble off. Well, this reminds me of a problem dancers have when they run.

Running is a practiced skill in ballet, like everything else. Dancers usually learn to run in a straight line, sending their feet out in front (somewhat counterintuitive), and of course, keeping the feet pointed. However, many times the path dancers follow isn’t straight, but curved (as in running around the stage moving from downstage to upstage). What often happens is a hippity-hoppity rhythm, as though one leg is shorter than the other – like the mountain goat joke.

To prevent this, dancers must practice running in a circle, keeping an even rhythm with both feet.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statute #15p:  
“When running in a circular pattern avoid looking like a mountain goat.

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