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Monday, July 29, 2019

Mad Monday Water Tower

Mad Monday Water Tower

I’ve touched on this image before, but it is a good one that is worthy of an entire blog.

When the arms are in à la seconde, they are almost – but not quite – straight. The curve of the arm is gentle, allowing for a lovely, elongated look. Unfortunately there is always a tendency for the energy in the arms to wane, which causes the elbows to drop and the position to shorten. Ouch!

Instead, imagine standing on the inside of a water tower. You know, the ones that serve a whole city and often have the name of the city on the outside. If you were standing on the inside of an empty one with your back pressed against the wall and the arms in second (also pressed against the wall) your arms would instantly be shaped into a correct à la seconde position.

If the water tower image doesn’t work for you, imagine standing in very large round room instead.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #6rrr:
“Imagine standing on the inside of a water tower.”

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“Human nature is like water. It takes the shape of its container.”
― Wallace Stevens

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