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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Technical Tuesday Fine Paintings

Technical Tuesday Fine Paintings

In a grand jeté en tournant, often called simply tour jeté, a common problem is “butterflying” the legs in the air. This is when the legs circle outward slightly as the exchanging of leg positions occurs. Instead, as the legs switch in the air, the movement must be contained in a very narrow space, with the legs passing close to each other like the blades on a pair of scissors.

To prevent a butterfly action of the legs in grand jeté en tournant, imagine performing the step in a narrow hallway. This hallway is filled with valuable paintings hanging all over the walls. Do the step so the legs never come close to knocking the fine art work askew – or worse, knocking the paintings off the wall entirely. Because, as well all know, there is no crashing in ballet.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #15t:  
“In a grand jete en tournant, imagine being in a narrow hallways filled with valuable paintings.”
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“Fine art is that in which the hand, the head, and the heart of man go together.”
-          John Ruskin

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