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Notes on working from the backs of your legs – A Ballet Education

Monday, February 19 2018

Notes on working from the backs of your legs – A Ballet Education

February 3, 2018 Notes on working from the backs of your legs I would hate, and I mean hate it, when a teacher would yell at me or give me the correction: you are gripping your quads, work from the back of your legs. The correction itself is an insult because they are basically saying you are about to get thick thunder thighs, but they wouldn’t tell you how to work or engage the back of your legs… It was crazy, it was mind boggling, and it wasn’t until I was like, hmmm maybe 16 that I figured it out… And no teacher helped me… I figured it out on my own because I was sick and tired of it. I started teaching young students and I started watching their bodies break down, and I started developing my method of teaching. So, like all my all technical notes, here we go… Notes on the back of your legs… via enveloppé. So, I get a lot of dancers who are already trained but have bad habits. I rarely get to start and finish a dancer as they all go away to year-round programs. With that being said, this post is really geared towards dancers who are already trained and are having a hard time feeling the backs of their legs. To feel the backs of the legs, I use enveloppé from a working back fifth position. The whole concept of using the back of your legs is pretty difficult… When you are dancing, you usually aren’t thinking of the backs of your legs, mostly because you have been told to tendu and then get your leg up. So, you are standing in fifth position with the working leg back, and you really have to focus about the spiraling of your legs. As you tendu side, you are only going to move the heel by rotating forward. as you rotate “up and forward” your weight will start to shift, and you start to work through your metatarsals. While all this happening, you really have to focus on your hamstrings rotating forward, your sartorius and abductors rotating back… You will keep rotating until your heel is forward and you can slightly see the sole of your shoe… This means you might not have your leg directly side at all, and for this exercise that is totally ok. (You can modify this exercise to go to passé instead of sur le coup de pied) Now, you wait to keep rotating from the backs of your legs so hard that your leg lifts off the ground to degage height… and keep working the muscles in your legs spiraling into your hip joint. You then want to lift your leg higher using your psoas and obliques till your leg is fully rotated. Now the hard part…. With keeping the spiral, rotation, and tension in your leg that you have created (specifically your hamstring and calf rotating forward) you want to lift your knee slightly higher (to make space) for your leg to move, and rotate the heel of the working leg into the standing leg. (Basically, you are going for the passé) You want to keep the tension in your hamstring till you connect (wherever your teacher tells you passé is. For me, I tell my kids that the “indent” on above the inner knee has no technical anatomical name, and I tell them that God made it for passé). You never want to rest or be stagnate in passé, and you won’t be if you are constantly spiraling. Now that you are connected in passé, focus on the standing leg rotating forward, and using the spiral back towards the spine… From that spiral, rotate your heel forward to press into relevé and lift the working leg knee higher, from the hamstring. Everything moving upwards while the muscles are spiraling downwards towards the ground. While some teachers encourage cross training first to develop the muscle, so you can feel the muscle in class… I find that unless you already know how to engage the muscle, in applicable ballet exercises, that cross training the muscles doesn’t help as quickly. Enveloppé I think really utilizes the backs of the legs quicker than developpé, and through the range of steps that make up the enveloppé you really get a sense of the backs of your legs. side note: The weight in the standing leg is shifting as well, as your hips are the counter balance to the working leg… If you don’t know how to stabilize your hips, check out my turnout blog… I hope this helps all of you who have asked about working from the backs of your legs. — The first doodle book of doodles (not technical drawings) is now available

Tuesday, February 20 2018

Srivari Sevakulu Services to be Extended in Reception Wing Also

Tirumala, 20 February 2018: The Services of Srvari sevakulu will be henceforth extended to reception wing TTD also, said Tirumala JEO KS Sreenivasa Raju. After the weekly Senior Officers' review meeting at Annamaiah Bhavan in Tirumala, speaking to media persons, the JEO said, the services of srivari sevakulu will be initially utilised in ANC area which will be extended to other disbursed cottages by month end. A committee was constituted on the rationalisation of office sub-ordinates", he added. Speaking further the JEO said, to extract qualitative services from Srivari sevakulu, the ratinalization of srivari sevakulu is underway. "The user departments of TTD are coming out with exact requirement with concrete srivari seva man power deployment for 100 rush days, 15 days peak days which includes Brahmotsavams, Vaikuntha Ekadasi, dwadasi and Radhasaptami, and 250 normal days. A committee was constituted to come out with exact manpowe requirement of sevakulu", he maintained. The JEO said, to study the dittam and method of Laddu preparation a committee with senior officers' have also been constituted who will submit a report shortly on the necessary improvements that can be brought to enhance the taste of Laddu. He said, under the instructions of TTD EO Anil Kumar Singhal the works of Slotted Sarva Darshan ( SSD ) counters are going on a fast pace. "These counters will become functional from second fortnight of March", JEO added. FACAO O Balaji, CE Chandrasekhar Reddy and other senior officers were also present in the meeting. JEO INSPECTS PRASADAM COUNTERS After the review meeting Tirumala JEO along with CE and FACAO inspected additional prasadam counters inside Tirumala temple. SE Ramachandra Reddy, GM Sesha Reddy, Temple DyEO Haridranath were also present. Later the JEO also reviewed on SSD Counters with TTD IT wing, TCS experts and APONLINE Team at Annamayya Bhavan. HoD IT wing Sesha Reddy, TCS CIO Sudhakar Bhaskaruni, Bheem Sekhar, Satya, AP ONLINE Chief Satish Kumar were also present.

Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting forays into home automation space

Tuesday, February 20 2018

Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting forays into home automation space

Wipro Consumer Care & Lighting, one of the fastest growing FMCG companies in India has launched Wipro Z Nxt, an integrated home automation solution. This highly affordable system enables the user to transform any ordinary home into a smart home, where the complete household can be controlled from any smart devices, anywhere in the world. Wipro Z NXT, home automation system can be installed without replacing the existing switches and wires within the home and it seamlessly integrates lighting, air conditioners, geysers, curtains, safety accessories, IP cameras, music control, home theatre etc. The solution also comes with in-built sensors, which will alert the owners in case of fire, gas leakage, intrusion etc. All electrical appliances can be controlled from a single app from an Android or an IoS device, a remote or a wall mounted LCD device and through voice control, by multiple users. Its failsafe design ensures control of the electrical devices with existing switches by someone who may not have access to a smart device. The system also allows keyless door entry by enabling remote operation of the door locks. With the onset of digitization and rising interest in smart home technology, home automation systems have been seeing a rise in demand, especially in the metro and mega-cities. The core of a smart home is the intelligent network of efficiently connected devices working on the prevalent concept of the Internet of Things. In this scenario, Wipro Z Nxt uses the latest wireless Z wave technology, which has distinct advantages over existing wired and other retrofit solutions. “The home automation market is evolving at a rapid pace and Wipro Z Nxt will tick all the boxes for even the most demanding customers. With the smart-homes set to be a reality, home automation solutions are fast becoming a default, must-have feature in every home. We have integrated all electrical devices, safety, security and entertainment features in a single app, while at the same time preserving the aesthetics of the home and giving the user the convenience of choosing the operating method. Our Z Nxt is a home automation solution that combines technology with efficiency to provide a sustainable solution and a viable investment for the future. With up to 40% power savings, Wipro Z Nxt home automation solution can enhance overall energy utilization at home”, said Mr. Sanjay Gupta, Sr Vice President and Business Head – Consumer Lighting and Switches, Wipro Consumer Care and Lighting. Recently Wipro Lighting launched Internet of Lighting (IoL)® solutions for Smart & Connected indoor & outdoor lighting using IoT and Big Data which is the ideal confluence of lighting and technology. The IoL® solution will usher in a new revolution in office, institutions and outdoor lighting sectors.

Franchise India Holdings appoints Carat India to handle media mandate

Tuesday, February 20 2018

Franchise India Holdings appoints Carat India to handle media mandate

Franchise India Holdings (FIHL), Asia’s largest integrated franchise solution company, has roped in Carat India, the flagship media agency from Dentsu Aegis Network, as their media agency. Carat won the mandate following a multi-agency pitch and will now handle the account from its Gurgaon office. This win comes on the back of Carat’s record breaking new business wins, including Zee OTT and Columbia Asia in the recent past. Commenting on the partnership, Gaurav Marya, Chairman, Franchise India said, “To us, Carat came across as an agency that focuses on finding communication solutions keeping the business challenges at the centre . We are delighted with this partnership and wish Carat all the best as we embark on an exciting journey together.” Speaking about the win, Rajni Menon – CEO, Carat India added, “We look forward to working with Franchise India in taking their business to gain strong hold on the relevant audience. With Dentsu Aegis Network’s integrated approach and capabilities of delivering end to end solutions, we are confident of enabling a strong connect with the digital consumers of India.” FIHL has helped hundreds of investors in selecting the right franchise and, in turn, assisted numerous organisations in international and domestic franchise expansion. Knowledge, Opportunity, Network and Success are FIHL’s key ingredients. Franchise India aims to spend its majority of investments on digital media. Carat will manage the media planning and buying for all the investments.

Willie Nelson Announces Powerhouse Studio Album - Last Man Standing

Tuesday, February 20 2018

Willie Nelson Announces Powerhouse Studio Album - Last Man Standing

Legacy Recordings, a division of Sony Music Entertainment, will release Last Man Standing , Willie Nelson’s new studio album (and 11th for the label), on Friday, April 27. Arriving just in time for Willie’s 85th birthday (April 29), Last Man Standing will be available on CD, 12″ vinyl LP and digital formats. The first single from the project is the title track from the album “Last Man Standing” and Willie shared a music video capturing the making of the track today. The album is available for pre-order now and the single is available at all digital outlets. Last Man Standing , comprised entirely of songs newly-penned by Willie Nelson (and longtime collaborator and producer Buddy Cannon), is the worthy successor to Willie’s God’s Problem Child , which showcased seven Nelson-Cannon compositions and debuted at #1 on the Country charts. Willie and Buddy have been working together since 2008 with Cannon producing more than a dozen of Willie’s albums. The songwriting duo deploys a unique strategy of shared composition, beginning with back-and-forth text messaging of lyrics with the melodies. On Last Man Standing , Nelson and Cannon’s unorthodox approach generated eleven original songs, “Willie’s a jazz singer and jazz player. He’s an improvisational musician. It’s different every time. Get a good take and go with it,” says Cannon. With Last Man Standing , Nelson has added 11 essential new songs to his classic catalog. One of Willie’s most personal and introspective albums to-date, Last Man Standing reveals the emotional range of Willie’s concerns, from the deeply reflective (“Something You Get Through,” to the rollicking and playful (“Me and You,” “Ready to Roar”). An album that acknowledges the transience of time while marveling at the joy, beauty and surprise the world has to offer, Last Man Standing finds Willie Nelson rolling at a creative peak, writing and singing and playing with the seasoned wit and wisdom that comes from the road.