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Monday, December 16, 2019

Mad Monday Long Spine

Mad Monday Long Spine

I’ve talked before about how the famous dancer Nijinsky was said to be able to “pause in the air”. Of course this was a wonderful illusion and there are ways to create it yourself.

One secret is to lengthen your spine at that split-second peak of the jump (without arching your back). This means leaving a smidgen of space in your sensation of “pulling up” so you can add that extra length at the top. This creates that momentary illusion that you are stopping mid-air. How cool is that?!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #15eee:
“Lengthen your spine at the peak of a jump.”

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― Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth

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