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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Technical Tuesday Tiroirs

Technical Tuesday Tiroirs

The word tiroirs means drawers, as in a chest of drawers. Therefore, faire les tiroirs means to act or move like drawers in a bureau. I’ve never heard this used in a class or rehearsal, but according to Gail Grant’s book Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, it “indicates that two opposite lines of dancers are to cross each other and cross back again to their original positions.”

This would certainly be a good, simple way to instruct a room full of dancers to cross and cross back without a lot of explanation. I wonder why it isn’t used more frequently – at least in my experience?

Whatever, it is a neat little piece of terminology to add to your repertoire.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #30a:
Faire les tiroirs means to act like the drawers in a chest.”

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