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Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Wacky Wednesday Quicksand

Wacky Wednesday Quicksand

A common problem, especially for beginning dancers, is remembering that once the foot leaves the floor it should be fully stretched. And I mean fully and completely stretched.

You may remember Ballet Secret # 16b: When lifting the foot off the floor, imagine a stamp being peeled off an envelope.”  Here is another image that works especially well for younger children who love the squishy nature of it: Imagine pulling your foot out of quicksand. You can also ask students to imagine the sound the foot might make as it pulls free, thus combining both visual and auditory components.

As always, it is best to explain what the objective is (in this case making sure the foot is fully stretched), before adding the mental image to the exercise.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #16ff:
“Imagine pulling your foot out of quicksand.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Let your past be your spring-board, not your quicksand.”
― Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience

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