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Monday, January 18, 2016

Mad Monday Arm Imitators

Mad Monday Arm Imitators

The arms have a peculiar need to imitate whatever the legs are doing. Sometimes this is a good thing, like when the breath in the body extends through the arms. But most often it is not a good thing.

One prime example is when the leg does grand battement, and the arm does its own grand battement. A similar thing happens In a piqué arabesque, when the arms battement themselves too far upward and out of the correct position. Another example is when the arms try to “help” lift the dancer, usually from the elbows, causing the body to sag and the shoulders to lift.

The arms always have their own prescribed paths and positions. Beware of arm imitators.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #6ff:  
“Beware of the great arm imitators.”

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