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Friday, May 15, 2015

Fun Friday Formulas

Fun Friday Formulas

Learning combinations of steps can be confusing, especially for beginning dancers. Even a simple set of steps can appear complex and daunting. In ballet, learning a single step is difficult enough and dancers spend years honing each step. But when these steps are first combined with other, similarly challenging steps, the process goes to a whole new level of confusion.

When I work with older beginners or adult beginners particularly, I like to create formulas for common step combinations. For example, a grand allegro of sauté, faille, glissade, saut de chat becomes:  step-hop, step-through, run, run, leap. These are familiar terms and they help make a complex-looking group of steps become clear. It creates a pattern students can follow so they can then "sew" the actual steps together into the correct sequence.

Almost any series of steps can have a fun formula.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #22g:  
“ Fun formulas help beginners learn dance combinations.”

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