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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Technical Tuesday Turn-out

Technical Tuesday Turn-out

The word instigator is a noun that means “a person who brings about or initiates something”.  Therefore, although not a person, turn-out is a great instigator.  It is turn-out that initiates, or should, many movements.  Unfortunately, it isn’t often thought of in this way.

Instead the focus is always on the feet, the feet, the feet, and how “flat” the fifth position is.  Turn-out (rotation) is so much more!  It is a tool that makes many steps and positions possible.

For example, the next time you do a piqué onto one foot, think about rotating the working leg a little bit extra just before the weight transfers to that leg.  Voila!  The position should be achieved with  better balance and with less effort than if the turn-out hadn’t been used to its full advantage.

This is but a single example, so look for more.  You’ll be surprised how effective this secret is.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #3k:  
“Turn-out is the great instigator.”

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