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Friday, February 15, 2019

Fun Friday Weight

Fun Friday Weight

Drooping elbows! It’s a common problem for dancers especially when the arms are in second. It means the muscles in the back aren’t being used properly, and probably indicates there is a postural issue. It can be symptom of several problems.

But take heart! One fun way to make dancers aware of their arms and the resistance necessary to use them correctly is this: place light weights or bean bags on the upper arms in second position. If the elbows droop it will be felt immediately, and in the case of bean bags, they will fall.

After the dancers experiment with the props have them try the position without them, creating their own resistance.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #20v.:
“Place light weights on the upper arm to prevent drooping elbows.”

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