El mundo del battement tendu

El mundo no se divide entre quienes prefieren hacer el battement tendu desde primera posición o desde quinta; el mundo se divide entre quienes hacen los battements por delante recogiendo los dedos hacia adentro o quienes se llevan la pierna hacia afuera.

El mundo no se divide entre quienes hacen el tendu al lado con la pierna justo en linea con la cadera o quienes adelantan ligeramente la que trabaja por delante de la pierna de soporte; el mundo se divide entre quienes trucan exageradamente el piececito en un tendu por detrás y quienes estiran del todo el empeine.

El mundo no se divide entre quienes tardan cuatro tiempos en sacar la pierna del tendu, y quienes prefieren salir en un tiempo y esperar fuera; el mundo se divide entre quienes saben que el centro del cuerpo es donde se pone el tendu delante y quienes lo ponen, por algún motivo que desconozco, en linea con el hombro del vecino.

El mundo no se divide entre los que creen que el battement tendu debe ser corto y quienes lo prefieren largo, lejano como un sendero por el campo; el mundo se divide entre quienes usan el battement tendu para sobrevivir y quienes invierten toda su vida en hacerlo bien.

There’re not two kinds of people in the world: those who prefer to do a battement tendu from first position, or those who choose to do it from fifth. There’re two kinds of people in the world: those who move their toes inwards -towards their body center- as doing battement tendu to the front, and those who carry their working leg outwards as pointing their foot.

There’re not two kinds of people in the world: those who do battement tendu to the side keeping their toes in line with their supporting leg, or those who point their tendu side slightly ahead of their supporting leg. There’re two kinds of people in the world: those who unreasonably rig their toes up when doing tendu to the back, and those who point properly the entire foot.

There’re not two kinds of people in the world; those who spend four counts to extend their battement tendu, or those who prefer to get there in one count and stay out with their foot perfectly pointed. There’re two kinds of people in the world: those who know that the center of the body is where they put the tendu front, and those who extend their leg, for some unexplicable reason, in line with their neighbor’s shoulder.

There’re not two kinds of people in the world: those who believe that the battement tendu should be short, or those who prefer a long-distance movement, as a path through the meadow. There’re two kinds of people in the world: those who use battement tendu for living, and those who spend their entire live in doing it perfectly well.

*Images: George Balanchine © George Balanchine Trust. Suki Schorer teaching at Escuela de Ballet Carmina Ocaña © Jesús Vallinas. Carmina Ocaña in class © Jesús Vallinas. Merrill Ashley coaching Lauren Cuthbertson (Principal Dancer at London’s Royal Ballet) & Yvonne Mounsey teaching at the Westside School of Ballet in Santa Monica (CA), from In Balanchine Classroom’s Project FB page © unknown photographer.

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