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Monday, February 11, 2019

Mad Monday Top Turn

Mad Monday Top Turn

I love using props in a dance class. It makes the concepts being taught so beautifully visual.

Today’s video Link of the Day uses a child’s toy – a large top – to demonstrate how spin is generated, and how the same concepts applies to pirouette preparations.

One thing I'd like to emphasize is the hydraulic nature of the mechanism. That is, it uses resistance. This is another essential element for dancers, especially when they plié, to prevent dropping down or using jerky movements. It all must be very hydraulic.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #20u:
“Use a top to illustrate energy patterns in pirouettes.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“It's the broken toys that need the most love and attention.”
― Anthony T. Hincks

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