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Friday, July 5, 2019

Fun Friday Fling and Flop

Fun Friday Fling and Flop

A common problem dancers have when turning is applying too much force with the leading arm. Flinging. You have probably seen this. The leading arm should not be used to create the impetus for the turn but should only help maintain it. Flinging may seem like a good idea but it only serves to destroy the turn.

On the opposite side of this problem is the dreaded flopping or reluctant following arm. The following arm also assists in maintaining the force as well as creating the correct line and body alignment. If the arm drags reluctantly behind it alters the dancer’s balance. Scary.

Therefore, no flinging or flopping of the arms in turns.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #14eee:
“Avoid flinging the leading arm in turns.”

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