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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Wonderful Wednesday Around

Wonderful Wednesday Around

In en dedans pirouettes with a preparation that goes to second, the path the working leg takes is important. The correct prep produces a turn that is almost effortless, and – dare I say – fun.

The secret is this: the leg must go around – not under – as it moves from fourth position to the side. The tendency is to move the leg in a straight path, going under to passé instead of around. The leg should move though a half rond de jambe en l’air that progresses from low to high.

This “aroundness” is what gives a good impetus to the turn, and also prevents tucking the pelvis under (a common problem if the leg moves in a straight line to passé.) The deepest part of the plié is achieved when the leg hits second.

This preparation for en dedans pirouettes is also the same preparation that is used for à la seconde turns, so master one and you have the other!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #14ss:
“In an en dedans pirouette preparation, the leg goes around, not under, to second.”

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