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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Technical Tuesday Sissonne

Technical Tuesday Sissonne
A sissonne is a jump from two feet that usually lands on one foot, except in the case of sissonne fermé, sissonne tombé and sissonne fondue, all of which finish on two feet. Confused? It gets better.
The word sissonne itself does not mean “scissor”, but the French word cisuaex (see-zoh) does mean scissor.  The ballet step was named sissonne in the early 1700s after a nobleman named Comte de Sissonne who is said to have invented the step. The confusion here is apparent.
What is most important to remember about sissonne is that it takes off from two feet. If this doesn’t happen the step becomes a glissade.
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From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #15mm 
The step called sissonne was named for the originator of the step.”

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