Pink belts and higher have been drilling in class (lots and lots of repetitive work) in an effort to improve our aesthetic lines – to lengthen, shape and stretch the lines we make while moving. We’ve taken photos of ourselves in first arabesque and will take another in three months to compare how we’ve done with our turn out and rotation, extension, posture, epaulement and port de bras.
Since we know that seeing our goals on paper (or on screen) is a huge factor in reaching that goal, we are going to surround ourselves with images of the aesthetic lines we want to create with our movement. Everyone needs to bring in three printed images of a ballet dancer in action. The images should really make you feel something -– no further explanation necessary: Pick three that you think are beautiful (do not just bring in the first three you find). We will hang them up in the studio for inspiration. Images should be of a single dancer or pas de deux, not a corps (that's a different aesthetic than what we're working on right now.)
Dance is equal parts technique, artistry, and aesthetic line. Without having that aesthetic imagery around you, you can easily misunderstand or forget the importance of training, conditioning, drilling, and basically, tendu-ing over and over and over again.
Check Pinterest, check Dance Magazine, check out The Ballerina Project, check your favorite companies’ websites, check Pointe Magazine, or follow your favorite ballerina on Facebook or Twitter. Images should be printed and brought in when you return from break the week of February 24th!
I'll have my favorites from this post printed as well!