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Friday, December 7, 2018

Fun Friday Blend

Fun Friday Blend

One of the last things a dancers wants is to stand out in a corps de ballet. That’s right. Getting noticed (i.e. corrected) means something is amiss or, more likely, out of line. Scary.

The goal in corps de ballet work is to blend in. Stay in line and make the whole thing look like one entity. It is, in my opinion, the most difficult thing to do in classical ballet. Soloists have the option of covering their mistakes. Not so in the corps.

Tips to blend in: use your peripheral vision to stay in line; and always follow the dancer in front of you – no matter where she goes. It gets easier with repetition and when you work with the same group of dancers for a long period of time.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #21nn:
“To stand out in the corps de ballet, blend in.”

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Quote of the Day:
“...originality is little more
than the fine blending of influences.”
― Teju Cole

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