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Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Wacky Wednesday Waltz Turns

Wacky Wednesday Waltz Turns

A waltz turn is a balancé that turns: a balancé en tournant. It is a beautiful step, and one that looks much more complex than it is. It is almost impossible to imitate, and a student needs to know the secret formula in order to do it easily.

I’ve talked before about how some steps have formulas and waltz turns are a prime example. Here is the two-part secret formula:  Part One:  Step brush, step, step. Part Two: Step, turn-and- brush, step, step.

The key is this: the body doesn’t turn until Part Two. When a student attempts to imitate this step, inevitably the turn happens too soon, making it very confusing. The other secret is that this step is done (usually) to a ¾ musical tempo, and the first two movements (step brush) is done on the beat of one.

After a student learns the formula, or the pattern of the step, further tweaking can occur easily.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #13l:  
A waltz turn has a formula..”

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