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Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wacky Wednesday Assemblé en Tournant

 Wacky Wednesday Assemblé en Tournant

Everyone know (or should know) that assemblés assemble. That is, the legs are together in fifth position in the air – not on the ground.

Today I’m going to talk about an extension of the assemblé – the assemblé en tournant. This is a fun step, because it always looks like the dancer is doing more than he/she is actually doing. That’s because an assemblé en tournant isn’t really a full turn. Gasp! Therefore, a double isn’t actually a double. Double gasp!

By the time the dancer leaves the floor, she is already halfway around. That’s also why it can be easier to do a double than a single. Singles tend to over-rotate.

The key to an assemblé en tournant, not surprisingly, is getting the following leg into fifth (in the air) quickly. This action not only propels the dancer upward; it also provides impetus for the turn.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Dance History Factoid # 94
“An assemblé en tournant isn’t a full turn, and double is only one-and-a-half.”

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