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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Terminology Tuesday Tour de Promenade

Terminology Tuesday Tour de Promenade

I’ve discussed basic promenades before: http://balletwebb.blogspot.com/search?q=to+take+a+walk and
But there is another promenade, the tour de promenade, (turn in a walk) which is a partnered step.

The female dancer is in a pose, usually attitude or arabesque, and the male dancer supports her. He holds her by the waist or by one of her hands and then walks (a perfect circle, or else!) around her, turning her to show off all sides of her lovely position. It’s a tricky maneuver, especially when only the hand is held, since it only takes a little bit of  deviation from that perfect circular walk to throw the whole thing off. Scary.

Perhaps the most famous example of these tour de promenades is seen in the ballet The Sleeping Beauty during the beautiful Rose Adagio (see today’s Link of the Day at 6:50). Not only does the tour de promenade have to work perfectly, the ballerina must let go and balance at the end of each one!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #27c:
“A tour de promenade is a partnered steps that means ‘turn in a walk’.”

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