I mean, wow, video editing is kinda fun.


Sorry. It keeps going to my head. (Worse: I’m editing ballet videos today, and they’re full of music that makes me want to dance, but NO! It’s a Rest Day. NO DANCING. Or, well, less dancing.)

*Although the attempt fails.

I say, “You don’t want to use your arms…” when that’s blatantly, obviously wrong; what I mean is, “You want to use epaulement and a soft bend in your upper body to create that beautiful diagonal line in the arms…”

Anyway, here’s my rambly little video about balancé. You’ll notice, near the end, that I attempt describe what NOT to do with your arms*, and then proceed to do exactly that.

You guys, sometimes it is really hard to think, dance, and explain all at the same time.

Anyway, in addition to a handy way to remember how to balancé, you now have a great visual example of how NOT to use your arms while you’re doing it.

You’re welcome! ^-^

For what it’s worth, I think it’s kind of hilarious how my head occasionally disappears into a cloud of light. My house is not well suited to filming anything dance-related; the rooms that have good light are either tiny and jammed with furniture** or have concrete floors, while the one room that is large enough and has a wood floor also has terrible lighting and a carpet (which is beautiful, but obviously ill suited as a ballet surface).

**Seriously, Denis adheres to an updated version of the Victorian approach to furnishing a house — in short, cram in everything you can, then add doilies.

It’s still the best option out of the available rooms, though, so I’m going to have to figure out how to work with it if I’m going to make this a regular thing.

One last thing: the tights technically belong to Denis, not that he ever gets to wear them. They’re Joe Boxer brand, from K-Mart, and they’re so freaking comfortable it’s not even funny — just enough compression, excellent wicking qualities, stretchy-but-not-too stretchy, with no angry-python waistband. They’re also just long enough to tuck into your shoes, if you’re me.

If you go looking for a pair, make sure to either pop them out of the box if you can, or at least try to find the so-called “seamless” ones (which do, in fact, have seams). Some of the others do, in fact, have horrible waistbands.

And now, your feature presentation…

About asher

Me in a nutshell: Standard uptight ballet boy. Trapeze junkie. Half-baked choreographer. Budding researcher. Transit cyclist. Terrible homemaker. Neuro-atypical. Fabulous. Married to a very patient man. Bachelor of Science in Psychology (2015). Proto-foodie, but lazy about it. Cat owner ... or, should I say, cat own-ee? ... dog lover. Equestrian.

Posted on 2015/12/13, in balllet, video and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Your cat is adorable! Mine also seems to like to get involved when it’s time to do ballet!

    Thank you for the nice breakdown of balances. I could have REALLY used this during my first year or so of dancing (when I had absolutely no idea what to do in balances even with my feet, never mind epaulement) and I’m sure it’ll help a lot of us out.

    • You’re most welcome! I’m glad you think it will be useful … I admit, while I’m unfortunately predisposed to being a total know-it-all most of the time, I felt pretty unsure about making a quasi-instructional ballet video.

      I think balancé is one of the hardest steps to learn by osmosis (which so often seems to be the way we learn things in ballet — a lot of ballet is really hard to describe, when it comes down to it!). It’s hard to see what people’s feet are doing, for one thing!

      That’s funny, about your cat! Merkah also considers himself a Certified Yoga and Stretching Superviser, but he is deeply suspicious of the foam roller, so I’m guessing he might not like Pilates (at least not the Reformer kind) 😀

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