By Anna Paskevska
For almost a century, the educational of ballet and sleek dancers has divergent paths. glossy practitioners felt ballet was once synthetic and injurious to the physique; ballet lecturers felt that sleek dancers lacked the rigorous self-discipline and keep watch over that comes purely from years of revolutionary education. Ballet past culture seeks to reconcile those age-old conflicts and produce a brand new expertise to ballet academics of the significance of a holistic education routine that pulls at the top that glossy dance and movement-studies bargains.
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The upper torso muscles control their raising and lowering (abduction and adduction). When this distinction is recognized, the arms can move without undue tension. ) To begin to appreciate the role of the upper torso muscles, we have to become conscious of the weight of the arms by releasing the musculature of the arms themselves, and actually feeling their weight (Franklin 1996, 10). pmd 28 9/16/2004, 9:17 AM The Body’s Center • 29 the arm muscles in maintaining the shape can be isolated from the task of holding them up (see Figure 2; this description is greatly simplified version of upper body musculature, for more detail see Fitt, 1988).
By contrast, it is useful to think of motions like développé as being at the outset proximally initiated; the motion begins in the hip joint, and the thigh, by remaining connected to the deep flexors, can access their strength. The leg becomes light and the dancer can achieve higher extensions. Further, if one thinks of the hamstrings as leading the unfolding, in a way supporting the leg in its upward journey, as the leg stretches the quad will not be overly used. In this case the motion starts with proximal initiation and moves on successively to distal engagement, without loosing the connection in the hip joint, as the leg extends.
But, it is the gateway for all motion; it ensures that the physics and kinetics of dance are in harmony, and thereby predisposes the dancer to work from a secure base that promotes well being. pmd 44 9/16/2004, 9:19 AM 5 SUCCESSION Succession refers to motions initiated by the spine that then travel successively through the body: Succession is the sequential path of movement through the parts of the body. It operates like a chain reaction, or a wave traveling through the body, moving different parts.