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Saturday, October 11, 2014

Saturday Question

Saturday Question

A favorite trick question that many dance teachers ask is this:  “Where does a pirouette finish?”  The incorrect answers students give are varied and often entertaining.

The correct answer is simple:  “on relevé”.  And, usually, in retiré.  This is because the pirouette is a turning movement, and anything that comes after the revolution of the turn has stopped is another step altogether.

This is helpful to remember so the pirouette won’t finish prematurely as the dancer anticipates the next step, thus ruining both the turn and the following position.  Another way to put it is that the next step doesn’t happen until the pirouette (revolution) is finished.

For a wonderful example of a pirouette and how it should end, see today’s video link. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #45:  
“Where does a pirouette finish?  On relevé.”

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