2 3 Saturday Chaînés | Ballet Webb

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Saturday Chaînés

Saturday Chaînés

Chaîné turns are beautiful to watch with their seemingly effortless whirling progression across the floor.  There are lots of hints associated with traveling turns, like chaînés, but I’m going to start with one of the most critical.
The problem with traveling turns is maintaining the intended direction (often a diagonal).  Especially when dizziness interferes, the path of the dancer can become altered – particularly dangerous onstage if there is an open orchestra pit!
To maintain the correct pathway, even when dizzy, imagine a florescent yellow line on the floor that extends from starting point to ending point.  The leading foot in the chaîné must always fall on this line.  Another way to think about this is: always place the leading foot directly in line with the intended ending location (usually the corner of the room or stage.)
If the leading foot is always in the correct place, the path of the dancer will remain true.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets

Secret #14e:
The leading foot in a chaîné must always step in line with the intended ending location.”


Link of the Day: 


Quote of the Day:

“You have brains in your head.  You have feet in your shoes.  You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.  You’re on your own, and you know what you know.  And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go.

-Dr. Seuss


Help expand the knowledge base!

 Leave a comment about any instructions, ideas, or images that worked best for you!


No comments:

Post a Comment