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Mikhail Mordkin in NYC

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it seems that the stick/wand/whatever that one sees in some classroom situations w/ old world pedagogues comes from a time when teachers taught with violin accompaniment and sometimes used the violin's bow to indicate and/or prod this or that desired effect for the dancer(s) in class.

Cecchetti certainly is shown w/ a similar 'stick' in photos of him in the act of teaching - there's a well-known one of him w/ Pavlova with his stick hovering above Pavlova's port de bras.

Perrot is depicted by Degas leaning on a cane which may or may not have been used otherwise as the bow or stick got used elsewhere.

historians with a better background in the history of ballet teaching could likely explain further.

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