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Monday, April 20, 2020

Mad Monday Dotted Line

Mad Monday Dotted Line

Today’s secret involves the path of any series of turns. It is similar to Ballet Secret #14e: “The leading foot in a chaîné must always fall in line with the intended ending location.”

Whenever a dancer performs a series of turns, like a set of piqués across the floor – or more challenging – a set of turns in a circle, it is important that the path the dancer follows is consistent. If the path is across the floor the traveling line must stay straight, if the path is a manège the circle must stay circular and not become a squashed egg shape. That would be scary.

Here’s the key: imagine every time the leading foot hits the floor it makes a dot. Each dot follows the necessary shape (circular or straight), creating an imaginary dotted line that the dancer travels.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #14vvv:
“Each step onto the supporting leg creates one dot on the path.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Life is a million different dots making one gigantic picture.”
-         Rebecca Stead

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