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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Tuesday Détourné

Tuesday Détourné
The French word “détourné” means roundabout, and that is an accurate description of the standard balletic step.  A détourné involves two things:  a pivot on the ball of the foot, and a fouetté action.  The fouetté part happens immediately after the pivot in such a way that it blends seamlessly into the fouetté at the end.
The fouetté can be thought of as “turning to face the foot”, that is, the foot that ends up in front (usually).  And, because a détourné is a turn, that means it has a spot!  See Ballet Statute #5:  http://balletwebb.blogspot.com/2013/12/wonderful-wednesday-turns-and-spots.html.
A common problem with a détourné happens when the dancer’s weight is placed too far back.  Then the pivot occurs on the heel (gasp!) instead of the ball of the foot. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #14g 
“A détourné involves both a pivot and a fouetté.”

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