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Monday, August 14, 2017

Mad Monday Butterflies

Mad Monday Butterflies

No, this blog post isn’t about that nervous feeling called “butterflies in the stomach”. Instead it is about grand jetés en tournant (often called tour jetés).

A grand jeté en tournant is a complex step: a big jump that involves a 180 degree turn in the air, as well as taking off and landing on different legs, as well as involving a double spot. Whew! No wonder dancers often have difficulty with this common step.

You will remember Ballet Secret #15:  To prevent “butterflying” the legs in a grand jeté en tournant, imagine jumping in a narrow hallway. Butterflying, or swinging the legs around instead of underneath, is probably the most commonly seen problem.

In addition to Ballet Secret #15, it is important to use a “double spot”. The eyes focus on the first wall (as the working leg battements forward), then the spot immediately changes to the opposite wall (where the dancer will land), as the legs scissor underneath the torso. Spot spot!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #15zzz:
“A grand jeté en tournant has a double spot.”

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