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Tamara Toumanova1949 publicity photo


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#1 rg

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 11:43 AM

another example of the way in which the ballet got publicized mid-20th century.

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#2 Mel Johnson

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 03:45 PM

You have to wonder what story this picture tells without the prepared caption. She's either letting her nails dry, or she's telling a war story: "Well, there we was, 20,000 feet, and all of a sudden this Luftwaffe machine comes up from below, and must not have seen me, so I slips my bird over so I'm above and behind him...."

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 03:52 PM

Ah...Toumanova's hands reminds me of something. When I was a kid I remember other kids that were able to project those ondulations from their wrists to the fingertips. I was never able to...my fingers were-(are)-always very straight...I wonder if that ability also comes from port de bras ballet training...

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Posted 11 April 2011 - 06:21 PM

It's just hyperextension of the carpals and metacarpals. Any joint can be hyperextended, and it can be somewhat cultivated, but it's mostly inborn.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 04:57 PM

That position of the hands is often used in Balinese and Javanese dance -- possibly other forms of Indonesian dance. Often with extended artificial metal fingernails.

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Posted 12 April 2011 - 09:00 PM

It's also seen in Thai and Cambodian forms.

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Posted 13 April 2011 - 06:20 PM

:speechless-smiley-003:
http://www.thai-blog...ia/dance_03.jpg


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