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Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Wacky Wednesday Warped

Wacky Wednesday Warped

Ah, the dreaded warped pirouette. You know what I mean. It’s when some part of the body, or many parts, fail to come into proper alignment. Often it is the shoulder area that is tilted sideways, forward or (gasp!) back.

Since dancers are a determined species, they force their pirouettes to happen despite being skewed. Sadly, the appearance of such turns is that of a top when the momentum is slowing – warped. Not good.

I had a wonderful dance partner who always noticed even a slight degree of misalignment – to say nothing of the major blunders. He would laugh and say under his breath: “Kinda warped there, darlin’”.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #14uuu:
“A pirouette should never appear warped.”

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“…the Greeks were highly skilled at building visual compensations into their structures. Columns were crafted and positioned to compensate for how the eye interprets what it sees at a distance. Subtle variances in the surface of platforms, columns, and colonnades provide the appearance of geometric proportion, whereas if they had worked from the perspective of a flat datum surface, the brain would interpret the results as being slightly skewed.”
― Christopher Dunn, Lost Technologies of Ancient Egypt: Advanced Engineering in the Temples of the Pharaohs

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