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Author:  Born2dance [ Sun May 06, 2001 9:46 am ]
Post subject:  cabrioles

We were doing canrioles in class the other day and I just have a quick question. When doing them to the back how do you get more height, also how do you make sure that the leg that beats does not look floppy?

Author:  Basheva [ Sun May 06, 2001 1:02 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: cabrioles

Oh cabrioles!! One of my very favorite beats.<P>The leg that sweeps up first to the back has to push off strongly, with the energy going clear through the feet and into the toes. The other leg then pushes off to meet it in the air. The lifted leg does not come down to meet the second leg - it stays in the air. And the second leg goes up to meet the first. You push off equally strongly with the second leg so that the feet and toes point. <P>When you are jumping if you push off strongly for almost any jump (and cabriole is a jump as well as a beat), and you feel that energy going down the length of your leg, through your knee, into your feet and through your toes, it will be almost impossible to not point your toes. This is what keeps it from looking floppy.<P>Do you have to think about it? You sure do - at least I have to. <P>Also, though the body is upright, it is also forward of the feet. The cabriole to the back does not take place underneath you - but behind you. <P>Again the set up for a jump is in the preparation - whatever step is being used for your preparation - chasé, glissade, etc., that plus the plié. And remember to use the floor, it's your friend and your tool.<P>A dancer has only three tools, the body/mind, the floor and the music. <P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Basheva (edited May 06, 2001).]

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