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Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Wacky Wednesday Pogo Pointe

Wacky Wednesday Pogo Pointe

Hops on pointe are unique. Remember Ballet Secret 22m: “For hops on pointe, imagine a tiny plié in the ankle.”? Well, that’s just the beginning.

For successful hops, the foot must assume an unusual position. Some refer to this as cupping the foot, or ginching the foot. I prefer the word “cupping” since ginch sounds tense and that’s what you don’t want.

It takes some experimentation to find this position and it’s always best to start at the barre. The foot isn’t too far over the box of the shoe, and certainly isn’t behind the box, but instead is centered over the box, with the foot “cupped”. Once discovered, this unusual shape of the foot becomes automatic, since it the only place that works. You can see this foot shape in today’s video at 1:14.

Now that the cupped shape of the foot is established, imagine a pogo stick: the body’s alignment is straight up and down (just like a pogo stick) and the hops bounce along within this alignment. And hopefully the upper body and port de bras appear relaxed and effortless. Fun!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #23g:
“Imagine a pogo stick for hops on pointe.”

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“…a local train ... moved gently off up the line with a very singular motion indeed, in which the leap of a frog, the bounce of a pogo-stick, and the canter of a very short fat pony all were brought to mind.”
-         Honor Tracy

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