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Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wacky Wednesday Whiskers

Wacky Wednesday Whiskers

When learning the ins and outs of corps de ballet work, dancers are often told to use their peripheral vision and develop “eyes in the back of their heads”. This is to ensure that they are perfectly aligned with dancers in front, back, and on both sides. It’s daunting to say the least.

According to https://www.livescience.com/44196-why-do-cats-have-whiskers.html: “By brushing its whiskers against an object, a cat can detect the precise location, size and texture of the object, even in the dark. This feature proves particularly useful for a cat trying to gauge whether it can fit into a tight space. Whiskers also detect changes in air currents, helping cats detect approaching dangers.”

So try imagining that you have whiskers like a cat. These whiskers are magical and can sense who (or what) is beside you – perhaps by feeling air currents (see above). Just as cats use their whiskers for navigation, dancers can use the same idea – albeit imaginary.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #21aaa:
“Imagine having whiskers like a cat.”

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Quote of the Day:
“What greater gift than the love of a cat.”
― Charles Dickens

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