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Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Wacky Wednesday Crab Walk

Wacky Wednesday Crab Walk

A common set of linking steps is the tombé pas de bourrée. It often precedes a pirouette, especially in classroom combinations.

It is an interesting set, since the tombé moves in a forward pattern, but the pas de bourrée crab walks its way in that direction. This makes it difficult for beginning dancers, since the two steps seem to be at odds.

But think of it as glorified walking: right (tombé) left right left (pas de bourrée). I sometimes have beginners just walk the right left right left pattern before they add the “glorified” ballet steps so they end up using the correct feet.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #33t:
“Tombé pas de bourrée is like glorified crab walking.”

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“All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.”
― Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols

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