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Friday, January 24, 2020

Fun Friday Balloon Hug

Fun Friday Balloon Hug

Sometimes the only problem with a pirouette is the use (or lack thereof) of the port de bras. Often, when turns don’t work well it is because the arms are limp or droopy -and we all know there is no drooping in ballet.

Or, less frequently, it is because the arms are too tense – the opposite side of the port de bras spectrum. This usually happens when the dancer is trying too hard.

Here is a thought that will work for both: Imagine hugging a giant balloon. Hug it hard enough to hold it, but not hard enough to pop it. Even better, if you have a large balloon (or even a plastic ball ) the correct size, have the dancers pirouette while holding it.

Hug it, but don't pop it or drop it!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #14sss:
“Imagine hugging a big balloon without popping it.

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“[H]er mind was like a balloon with static cling, attracting random ideas as they floated by[.]”
― Jonathan Franzen, Purity

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