KikiM Posted December 9, 2011 Report Share Posted December 9, 2011 I apologize in advance for being unfamiliar with the correct terminology-- this board has been wonderful in filling in lots of blanks for me. The beginner class I took today (which is filled with regulars who are not really beginner, and is a "follow along" class, not a question class) had a specific center move which I was confused on. The entire move was on releve in fifth position, I think starting with arms in high fifth, then moving the one arm in front, the other in back, then switching-- I am sure there is more to it then that, but that is the gist. What I could not figure out though is whether the goal is to stay still and balanced while on releve, or whether you are supposed to make very small shifting movements (or tiny steps in place?) from one leg to another. Watching other experienced dancers in class who seemed to be making small movements, I could not tell if they were doing this to maintain their balance or whether it is part of the movement. If it is part of the movement, then I am clueless about what they are actually doing! I do have a big book now on classical ballet technique where I can look moves up, but the problem arises when I have no idea what something is called. Thank you! Quote Link to comment
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