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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Wild Wednesday Echappés on Pointe

Wild Wednesday Echappés on Pointe

Echappés on pointe are one of the first exercises a dancer learns at the barre when newly graduated to pointe shoes. Simple on first appearance, echappés are anything but.

The most common error is that only one foot moves outward from fifth and the other (most often the supporting foot) stays where it is for the relevé. It’s an easy cheat and most dancers don’t even realize they are doing it. Sometimes the supporting foot moves a little bit, but not enough to be equal in distance to the other foot. Instead, each foot must move an equal distance outward from fifth. It requires even energy and even weight distribution.

I tell students I could take a yardstick and a piece of chalk, mark and measure their beginning and ending positions and see how exact their echappés are.

Echappés are not easy, but lovely when performed well!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #23f:
“In echappés, each foot must travel an equal distance.”

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