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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wild Wednesday Saut de Chat

Wild Wednesday Saut de Chat

Today I’m talking about that wonderful big leap called saut de chat. In the French school this translates to “cat’s jump”, and is more similar to an Italian pas de chat. But I’m focusing on the American version of saut de chat which is a grand jeté where the front leg performs a développé instead of a battement.

It is this développé that helps give the jump it’s applause-getting appearance, because it makes it appear as though the dancer actually pauses in the air at the height of the jump. At the peak of the jump, if the dancer takes a breathe, it increases this illusion. Another critical aspect of this jump is the preparation . These preliminary steps must accelerate – get faster and faster until the final jump.

Today’s link explains saut de chat beautifully and covers several ballet secrets, many of which will be familiar to those of you who follow this blog - like equal and opposite energy patterns.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #15vv:  
“Breathe in at the top of a saut de chat.”

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