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Friday, January 12, 2018

Fun Friday Transitions Transitions

Fun Friday Transitions Transitions

When is a transition not a transition? When it is done with a “non-transition” step(s). By that I mean a step that isn’t a glissade, or a chassé, or a pas de bourrée, etc. That is, any step that isn’t usually thought about or used as a link, or transition between other steps.

I knew a choreographer who hated overuse of preparational or transitional steps. He used them sparingly and this gave his dances a unique, flowing quality. But it is difficult to design combinations without any linking steps – not impossible, however.

Try creating a combination without the usual linking steps. It will be interesting. It can also help more advanced students flow through their movements better, since they are not using the familiarity of a glissade or a chassé. Think about the standard combination of increasingly higher grand jetés across the floor. Here is a combination without any linking steps that requires the dancer to use each jeté itself for impetus. I’m sure you can think of many more.

Have fun this Friday!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #33s:
            “Sometimes transitions are done with non-transition steps.”

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