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 Post subject: ARMS
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 12:27 pm 
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I teach a few beginning ballet classes (ages ranging from 6 - 14). These students have only been in ballet class for 2 1/2 months.

Their feet are coming along nicely, but their arms are not! Does anyone have any ideas for softening the arms and shaping the hands?

Any ideas for helping them maintain arm position while dancing (when we correct them in the mirror - they're okay - but the minute they move - they go back to ugly :mad: )?

We've mainly been using 1st , 2nd and 1st arabesque arm positions.


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 Post subject: Re: ARMS
PostPosted: Thu Nov 04, 2004 2:52 pm 
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Have them hold their arms to their sides.

Now with palms facing behind them bring their wrists to their shoulders but let the hands dangle loose.

Their wrists will be at their shoulders and hands hanging loose parallel to the floor palms facing down. Explain this is their natural hand position.

Now have them maintain their hand position and extend their arms out in front of them giving it a slight curve. Then carry to the side.

This way of establishing arms for kids makes them think of it in a way they understand and when you call, "arms!" they will all do the same motion and kind of giggle about it but it will work.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 05, 2004 1:06 pm 
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Thank you - I'll try that this week!


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