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Saying “Merde” Instead of “Break A Leg” for Ballet

Main Piece: Saying “Merde” to ballet dancers in place of “Good luck” or “Break a leg” Background: This saying was told to me by my informant who has participated in various dance groups for close to 13 years. She is most formally trained in ballet through a local performing arts center known as KCYA. She… Continue Reading »

Mérde: Wishing Good Luck to Ballet Dancers

Mérde Folk saying/Superstition When wishing my informant good luck for her ballet performance, she corrected me and told me to tell ballet dancers “Mérde“ instead. The following is a transcript of our interview:   “Informant: In show business, if you want to tell someone good luck before a show, the common phrase is to say… Continue Reading »