After Degas's death his heirs found numerous statuettes in his studio, among the dust and all manner of tools which the artist had used to record the poses of dancers - presumably as studies. This figure is keeping her balance with one leg raised. Her stance is not a dance position but a training pose. Artistic interest in movement can also be seen in the play of light and shade on the restless surface of the posthumous bronze cast, which still shows traces of the wax modelling. The fact that Degas had never trained as a sculptor allowed him to take a freer, non-academic approach to sculpture.