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Saturday, January 16, 2016

Saturday Statute Chest

Saturday Statute Chest

A common problem for many dancers is understanding the directive “pull up”. I have blogged before about how this lift must come from the top of the head, or the ears (or both), and it must be a lift of the skeletal structure.

The natural reaction to the phrase “pull up” is to lift from the chest. This doesn’t work because a lift from the chest just throws the body backwards. It can also cause a compression of the spine and an arch in the back and then the dancer tends to fall backwards. Scary.

Therefore, Ballet Statue #57 is simple and direct: “Never “pull up” from the chest.”

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #57:  
“Never “pull up” from the chest.”

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