Step of the Week 6bHow high?
Posted 18 December 2003 - 06:27 PM
Posted 18 December 2003 - 06:35 PM
Men often make this mistake, and not just Russians, and not just Vaganova-trained ones either! And on the same token, most Russian, Vaganova-trained men do very excellent pirouettes, without overlifting the "working foot".
Posted 21 December 2003 - 10:42 PM
I'm afraid I'm going to harp back to the height of the extensions tangent
And again yes, when an older work like Giselle comes along, the use of high extensions OUGHT to be forbidden...
One of my pet peeves has been the current seeming preference for men with high, almost feminine extensions as opposed to high elevation in their jumps. I must confess my bias, that I think the masculine line is beautiful on it's own and needn't ape female flexibility... but I've gotten to thinking lately that these high extensions aren't just at the expense of elevation, they're actually masking the elevation... in that someone with less flexibility will show the arc of the leap in a grand jete, for instance, whereas a flexible dancer's legs flashing out into a perfect split obscures the arc. Am I crazy? Is it possible that the elevation actually looks lower because of the legs reaching out?
Queen of the Malaprop
Posted 22 December 2003 - 06:50 AM
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