Don’t let go of the barre, though, you might float away.

At the barre, at that delirious moment where you’re doing battements and it’s the last barre exercise and you’re covered in sweat and your legs are trembling and you start employing some Mind Tricks to get through,
I started imaging that my leg is at rest up there at the highest point of the battement.
Like that’s where it belongs, resting up there on air.
The working leg floats up to it’s resting spot, hangs out there, and then the hard work of the grande battement is pulling it back down to earth.
Who knows what it looked like from the outside but from the inside, at least this one time, it totally fooled me.

About adultbeginner

Had my first ballet class Ever at the advanced age of thirty-two. Yikes.
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5 Responses to Don’t let go of the barre, though, you might float away.

  1. wedoballet says:

    Jedi mind tricks, ballet style ;)

  2. Terri Ellis says:

    I had a dance teacher who taught gran battements just this way. You were supposed to be coiled with pent up energy when the leg was down in fifth, and then the energy released! as your leg swings up! You need to imagine these statements from a diminutive French woman with the appropriate accent.

  3. Jessica says:

    I like this! It fits perfectly with our being told last week that fifth position is an athletic event.

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