The Upper Third

Have you ever noticed the ceiling in your dance studio?  How high are the walls?  Mentally divide your dance space into thirds:  The lower third is where your legs are most of the time, the middle third is where your torso and head are, and then there is the upper third: A space mostly unnoticed and ignored by students.  Now imagine how much bigger a stage is and how much taller the ceiling.  As a dancer you should seek to inhabit the upper reaches of whatever space you are in.

When you dance all of the lines you create extend beyond your body invisibly to infinity.  Consider where you want to take your audience with those lines you are creating.  By reaching to the uppermost reaches of the stage through your extensions, port de bras, leaps, and eyeline, you will take yourself to greater emotional heights and viewers will be lifted along with you.



© Lauran M. Callan and brilliantdance, 2011. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to  Lauran M. Callan and brilliantdance with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.


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