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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Rotate the Rotated Leg

Rotate the Rotated Leg

A rond de jambe is an interesting step.  It involves moving the working leg in a half circle, through the devant, à la seconde, and derrière tendu positions, plus first position.  Thus the dancer must be able to understand and achieve all of these positions in order to execute a single correct rond de jambe.

In addition, the rotation of the legs in the hip sockets must be solidly maintained.  The supporting leg is rotating in the opposite direction of the working leg which is rotating in the hip as well, while at the same time inscribing a half circle on the floor.  Of course, all the postural elements and energy directions discussed in previous posts are also in play.

Therefore, a rond de jambe is a rotating in space of a rotated leg.  Simple?  Not!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #10:
“A rond de jambe is rotated leg that is rotating in space.”

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