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Carriage of the arms in multiple pirouettes


Guest Nadezhda

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Guest Nadezhda

I've been watching some of my old ballet videotapes (White Nights (it's movie about a ballet dancer) with Baryshnikov) and noticed that he holds his hands in a weirdish position when he does multiple pirouettes. It's halfway between second and first. Does this position of the arms (when the arms are propperly supported) give you extra stability or something like that? I've also noticed that only men use this position. (Am I wrong?)

 

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No, you're not wrong in that he does that, however I see no basis for it in terms of support. In fact, I feel that a first position gives you better support. But then, he's Baryshnikov, and he can do whatever he wants and get away with it when he is busy making 11 pirouettes! ;)

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I'm sure that if you're pulling off 11 turns no teacher is going to correct your arms, I guess the rest of us will have to stick to first position :) Must be nice....

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