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Friday, September 29, 2017

Fun Friday Flip

Fun Friday Flip

Piqué fouettés to arabesque are often problematic because the dancer doesn’t use a clean, sharp spot (if it turns it spots, remember). This bogs down the whole operation and makes the student unable to go through the three required positions: devant, à la seconde, and arabesque.

An image that helps develop a quick, clean transition is this: tell the students to imagine flipping a pancake. Most of them will be familiar with this process even if they don’t cook, and understand that a pancake is flipped cleanly and quickly to produce the best result.

As the students begin the fouetté, say “Flip the pancake!”

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #14ee:
“In a piqué fouetté, imagining flipping a pancake.”

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