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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Wild Wednesday Sewing Machine

Wild Wednesday Sewing Machine

Bourrées are wonderful – when they are performed well they create an incredible illusion. Especially if paired with a little dry ice fog, the dancer appears to be literally floating across the stage. Ahhhhhh….

So how does one do this? It’s a matter of making many, many, tiny steps. Big steps cause a bouncy, chunky look even if the legs are well crossed in between. Also, the knees must be relaxed. That’s what serves as a shock absorber so the upper body doesn’t look like the dancer is bourréei-ng on a gravel road.

Imagine the smooth purr of a sewing machine making rapid, tiny stitches in a piece of cloth. That’s how the bourrées should feel.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #33v:
“Bourrées should feel like a sewing machine making tiny stitches.”

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“I am floating, I thought, completely without anchor, at the mercy of the wind.”
― S.J. Watson

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