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Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Wild Wednesday Helping

Wild Wednesday Helping

It may appear that the male dancer does a great deal of muscular lifting when it comes to partnering his ballerina. But this is only partially true.

Yes, there is strength, (and lots of it) involved, but there is a secret. Just before the lady is lifted, she applies part of the force herself – by jumping and/or by a plié. At this exact moment, the gentleman matches her plié/jump and uses the impetus of both parties to achieve the lift. It’s all a matter of timing, and this timing is critical or the pas de deux could look more like championship wrestling.

When the ballerina descends from the lift, her partner must use his strength to “help her down”, making the whole operation appear effortless and the lady weightless. Ah, if only that were true. Sigh.

Like so many things in ballet, it’s all a matter of illusion!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #27g:
“The gentleman helps the lady down from a lift.”

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― Eckhart Tolle, Practicing the Power of Now: Essential Teachings, Meditations, and Exercises from the Power of Now

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