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Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Technical Tuesday Tour Jeté

Technical Tuesday Tour Jeté

Since this is Technical Tuesday, technically speaking, a tour jeté is not the correct term, it is more colloquial (“used in ordinary or familiar conversation; not formal or literary”). The correct term is “grand jeté en tournant”, that is, a jeté that turns. Tour jeté is more often used, I believe, because it is shorter and easier.

But I digress. Yesterday I blogged about the difference between grand jeté and saut de chat, and today the subject is a grand jeté that turns: a grand jeté en tournant.

The important thing about a grand jete en tournant is the first thing that should happen: a grand battement devant in the air. This must precede the switching of legs in the air and not, as so often happens, be a mini-battement - a shortcut where the leading leg never achieves a full grand battement devant before the switch.

There are several other elements that must come into play in a grand jeté en tournant, but I shall leave those to be discussed on another day.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #15w:  
A grand jeté en tournant begins with a grand battement devant.”

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  1. Switching of legs in the air must be really a difficult task.

  2. It gets easier with practice!