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Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Terminology Tuesday Tour de Reins

Terminology Tuesday Tour de Reins

Tour de reins (toor duh ren) means turn of the back. Here is the description of the step from Gail Grant’s Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet:

“This is a series of coupé-jeté en tournant done en manège. The dancer contracts his back muscles and leans toward the centre of the circle at an acute angle. The angle is obtained through the speed and continuity of the step which demands good elevation and a well-arched back. The tempo has an unusual accent and the step actually becomes jeté-coupé instead of coupé-jeté. The jeté maybe performed in attitude or arabesque.”

This series of steps is most commonly called barrel turns, and you can see it demonstrated in today’s Link of the Day.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #30g:
“Tour de reins means turn of the back.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive.”
― Merce Cunningham

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