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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Technical Tuesday Pas de Chat

Technical Tuesday Pas de Chat

Most young dancers know that pas de chat is a jump and the term means “step of the cat”. The reason for the name is pretty obvious to anyone who has owned or observed a cat.  I have blogged about pas de chat before with this hint: Ballet Secret #15m:  A pas de chat is two passés.”

All jumps require dancers to spend most of their time in the air, and pas de chat is no exception. The problems happen when students only lift their knees, and don’t really jump. Instead, they must push from the feet, rolling beautifully through the feet which provides part of the impetus and allows the dancer to achieve a good elevation – not to mention a lovely position (two passés) in the air. In other words, the feet move the knees, not the other way around.

Finally, the body weight is placed over the supporting leg, which is the second foot that moves. It is the essential “push” foot, which makes the movement really jump. Not exactly intuitive, but it works.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #15pp:  
“Pas de chat is “step of the cat”.

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