hart Posted September 29, 2006 Report Share Posted September 29, 2006 As I have been working on my supporting leg over the last couple months, I have spent a lot of time on one leg. I have practiced moving my arms, moving my working leg, doing plies and releves on my supporting leg, practicing tranferring weight, etc. I have seen improvement. However, yesterday I tried moving my eyes and head while standing on one leg, and I just kept falling over. I never realized just how much I rely on the mirror to keep my balance. No wonder I struggle spotting on the diagonal. For all practical purposes, I have had a visual death grip on the mirror much like I catch myself doing with the barre. I am realizing that to truly dance, I have to have another way of "knowing" the movement, kinesthetically rather than visually. It feels almost like an entirely different way of knowing and learning from what I have been relying on. I am sure it has a lot to do with my inner ear getting a little thrown off, and not knowing exactly where my body is in space with out a visual reference. Anyway, after my little practice session moving my head and eyes, I practiced "letting go" of the mirror in class yesterday, and I actually did alright. My teacher noticed a difference in the quality of my movement, and it just felt really good. I felt like a could move with more fluidity and smoothness. Granted, we didn't do much adagio on one leg, so it made it easier. I wish teachers focused more on the direction of a person's gaze; it makes a huge difference to every aspect of learning movement. Quote Link to comment
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