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Saturday, January 17, 2015

Super Saturday Double

Super Saturday Double

Piqué turns are often the first step a dancer uses to learn doubles (or more). It is an simple transition since a double piqué is actually less than two full revolutions.  This is because the dancer is almost halfway around by the time the full position in retiré is achieved. However, this doesn’t mean that a double is easy.

The secret to a double piqué is the speed of the turn. This is true for almost all turns, but it is usually best to learn this concept during piqués.

Another way to think about it is this: A double turn is not two singles stuck together. It is a unique animal – almost a different step. The speed of a double  is almost twice that of a single turn, and the dancer must spot using this double time rhythm.

It can help to have students clap the rhythm for a single, then clap the rhythm for a double before they perform the turns.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #14p:  
The rhythm of a double pique turn is different than a single.

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