Monday. November 13, 2017. Just enjoyed a 30-minute One on One Skype session with a lovely young ballerina-to-be who lives in North Carolina. She danced full-out on pointe in a good-sized studio. She’s been told she lacks attack and that her dancing is uninteresting. What I observed is that like many young dancers today, she has not been taught to use her spine and arms in opposition to the movements of her feet and legs. She “dances with the wrong leg”—she emphasizes lifting her legs into poses rather than stepping out, pushing down, and getting on her supporting leg. Therefore, she appears to always be on the same level especially when she jumps because she does not reach out and use her pushing foot. She worked very hard, and showed great improvements and had moments of inspired beauty. With Skype, it’s as though I was in the studio with her. How about you? What can I help you with?
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