Sunday, April 13, 2008

The concept of half

Ballet dancers must have a good understanding of the physical capabilities of their bodies. This includes their maximum flexibility. During a class, dancers warm up their muscles gradually. They do this by initially doing a smaller movement, followed by a larger movement. The smaller movement is usually the half-way mark of their full capacity. Here are two examples:

A demi-plie (half bend of knees) bends half as much as a grande plie (full bend of knees).

In a cambre, the dancer stops at the half-way mark (90 degrees) before extending fulling to 180 degrees.

Math in ballet? No way...

Ballet dancers are renowned for their flexibility and grace, but did you know that dancers must also be quick thinking mathematicians? Well, grab your leg warmers and read on, my friend!