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Friday, June 27, 2014

Fun Friday Shooting Saut de Chat

Fun Friday Shooting Saut de Chat

That wonderful step called saut de chat is where a dancer can feel truly abandoned!  It differs from a standard grand jeté because of the action of the front leg.  In a regular grand jeté, the front leg brushes out and up straight (like a grand battement), as the dancer propels herself into the air.

In a saut de chat, the front leg instead operates like a rapid, aggressive developpé.  In both jumps, the back leg performs a grand battement as it leaves the floor, simultaneous with the action of the front leg.  This synchronicity is crucial to the success of the jump.

In a saut de chat, it is important that the front leg shoots out parallel to the floor.  It as if the dancer is trying to fly through the air and have the front leg stick into the wall!   Watch a dancer from the corner of the room they are traveling toward and this “shooting out parallel to the floor” will be immediately obvious.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #15L:  
“A saut de chat involves shooting the front leg out parallel to the floor.”

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