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Saturday, January 23, 2016

Super Saturday Soutenu

Super Saturday Soutenu

A soutenu turn is often introduced to dancers at the barre as an expedient way to change from one side to the other. It this case it is only a half-turn, and thus it is easier to learn and achieve.

The trick to a soutenu turn is to remember that it happens in a single, clean movement. The feet are not permitted to skitter about, taking random extra steps. This is easier during the half-turn at the barre than it is in the center where a soutenu is apt to be at least a ¾ turn if not a full turn. If the feet move around, and extra steps are taken during the soutenu, it is no longer a soutenu. It becomes a different step altogether: a bourrée turn.

Many teachers are extremely picky about this difference – and rightfully so. They are two different steps.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Statue #60:  
“A soutenu turn is done in a single movement. Otherwise, it is a bourrée turn.”

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