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Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Wild Weds. Pirouette Popping and Buttons

Wild Weds. Pirouette Popping and Buttons
When preparing in fourth position for a pirouette, there can be a tendency to lift the heels off the floor instead on pressing them down into the floor.  This “popping” of the heels ruins the force that should be created from the preparation.
To prevent this lifting of the heels, it helps to imagine that there are “pirouette buttons” on the floor, located directly underneath each heel.  These buttons are magic pirouette buttons, and they have to be pressed in order to create a successful turn.
Of course, there is also an equal and opposite lift in the body as the heels press down into the floor.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #14c 
“Imagine buttons under the heels in a pirouette preparation.”

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