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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Wild Wednesday Back Up

Wild Wednesday Back Up

In positions like attitude derrière and arabesque, a common problem is dropping the upper body (chest) down as the leg goes up. Unless one is performing a penchè, this is not good.

It is important to lift the chest up and slightly forward as the working leg lifts. This slightly forward alignment provides a counterweight to the working leg as does the slight forward shift in weight over the supporting leg.

It is also important to guard against moving the upper body backwards, as this crunches (ouch!) the arch of the back instead of elongating it.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #18q:
“Keep the chest up, not back, in attitude and arabesque.”

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