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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Technical Tuesday Détourné

Technical Tuesday Détourné
A détourné is an interesting step. The word means “turned aside” and that is exactly what the dancer does. It can take two different forms. The basic détourné is a turn on two feet (either a full turn or a half turn) that exchanges the position of the feet. The word soutenu is sometimes used interchangeably with détourné.
Another common way that a détourné is done is from a tendu position. For example, from tendu croisé derrière, the dancer fouettés to face the working foot and continues to pivot until croisé devant (in the opposite corner) is reached. This movement must be smooth and continuous, without any visible stop from the fouetté to the pivot. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Ballet Secret #14w 
Détourné means “turned aside”. 

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