KikiM Posted September 22, 2011 Report Share Posted September 22, 2011 As a newbie, I am not sure I fully understand what the proper form means in in ballet. My only experience with form is from childhood gymnastics lessons. I am not sure how to use the proper terminology to explain this, but when I was a gymnast, I would put 100% into every movement-- think of a gymnast doing a routine on a balance beam-- the moves are powerful and distinct, but not really very "dancerlike". I have been applying that gymnast mentality to my ballet practice, putting maximum effort into each position-- e.g., I am hyperfocused on standing as straight as possible, extending my leg as much as possible with pointed toes, while keeping it ramrod straight. But as I look around the room at my classmates, it doesn't appear that anyone else looks like they are putting as much effort into this. For example, some girls look positively effortless and beautiful in every movement but still have perfect straight legs, extension, etc. Others look effortless but also sloppy with no form. I am worried that if I relax the way I hold myself I will lose my posture etc. and fall into this sloppy group. How do I achieve that "effortless" look without losing the form? Quote Link to comment
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