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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Wacky Wednesday Pirouette Stacking

Wacky Wednesday Pirouette Stacking

Dancers are always trying to increase the number of pirouettes they can do. And students are simply trying to get the hang of turning altogether. The concept I call pirouette stacking can help both parties.

Pirouette stacking is this: begin with a standard preparation but do only  a ¼ turn, spotting the wall in the appropriate place. Strive to suspend the balance in retiré for a moment or more before putting the foot down. Continue on, doing a ¼ turn (spotting each wall) until you reach the starting point.

Now try doing ½ turns, repeating the process – spotting back-wall, front-wall. Then move to single turns, and onward to more. Voila! Pirouette stacking. This same method can be used to add that extra pirouette that is out of your normal comfort level. If you are doing two pirouettes regularly, start doing two and a half. It’s fun and you’ll soon be doing that extra full turn “accidentally”.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #14xxx:
“Practice pirouette stacking to improve turns.”

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