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Monday, March 14, 2016

Mad Monday Scallops

Mad Monday Scallops

Chassé means “to chase” and especially when performed in a series across the floor, the reason for the name is apparent – one foot chases the other. The difficulty most students have when performing this step is landing in a good fifth position in between each jump to produce a good push for the next chassé, and hitting a beautiful fifth position in the air.

It helps to visualize the movement across the floor as drawing a series of scallops in the air. This keeps the fifth position from becoming lost or intermittent (gasp!). It also keeps the dancer moving and prevents any hesitation in between each chassé.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #15ss:  
“Chasses make a series of scallop shapes in the air.”

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