The human condition: grumpy grumpy

Smirnoff describing a girl who stands with rolled-in shoulders:
“No, it’s not in her training, it is reticence. This is the human condition, this is the way we are born. (folds his shoulders into a fetal position) Grumpy, grumpy.”
Interesting to think that ballet is a lot about moving from folded up to opened out, like we work to break out of our natural human protective grumpy inward tendencies.

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Had my first ballet class Ever at the advanced age of thirty-two. Yikes.
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4 Responses to The human condition: grumpy grumpy

  1. yesilikethat says:

    This post sums up exactly why I want to take ballet – I’m so hunched over I might as well live in a cathedral and ring bells for a living. Yoga did nothing for me (all that sitting down and leaning forward!). Anyway, I have my first adult ballet class tonight, and it’s basically all because of your blog. Thanks for the inspiration.

  2. lalatina says:

    Great post!

  3. Laura says:

    Jennifer Homans talks a lot about ballet’s origins amongst courtiers & nobles and how that reflects in the basic posture–open, relaxed, weight forward, sternum lifted. I think it conveys, in the best possible sense, a feeling of entitlement. Totally powerful, unafraid, and so confident that you don’t have to look tense or defensive.

    On a different note, I once read “Tips for Looking Thinner” or some such in some random women’s magazine and of course half of them were about posture. One mentioned that if your posture is correct, your palms will face your sides–if your shoulders are rolled forward your palms will face behind you. I notice backward-facing palms ALL THE TIME now. Grumpy grumpy!

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