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Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Wild Wednesday S

Wild Wednesday S

You see it all the time in many pas de deuxs. The ballerina is in attitude (usually), with one arm over her head. She is promenaded by her partner who holds her other hand as they face each other. Sounds simple, right?

Actually, it can be pretty tricky. If the ballerina’s arm is loose or mushy, the male dancer has nothing to steer her with and the whole operation falls apart. The female must maintain a strong arm position.

The combined arm position of both dancers forms an “S” shape, and this shape must remain constant during the promenade. If you watch a pas de deux couple closely during this move, you’ll see what I mean (see the Link of the Day at 1:00).

“S” power!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Partnering Secret #27d:
“Maintain an “S” shape during a one-handed promenade.”

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Quote of the Day:
“The strength of individual greatness makes a great team.”
― Lailah Gifty Akita, Think Great: Be Great!

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