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Monday, February 25, 2019

Mad Monday Gargouillade

Mad Monday Gargouillade

Gargouillade isn’t something I teach too often. But it can be fun for students to attempt. The French term means “rumbling” or “gurgling” and the step is rather tricky to perform well. The key lies in being able to do small, quick and accurate rond de jambes en l’air in both directions. While jumping. No problem, right?

It helps to begin by working on simple rond de jambes en l’air at the barre, concentrating on the circular nature of the movement. This prevents the in-and-out problem and avoids the appearance of a short-circuited, jerky leg movement. It is also fun to have students “draw” out the circle on the floor using their big toe.

Students then progress to the center by doing glissade, jeté, coupé – then gargouillade. This helps them create the accurate circles in the air with the assistance of the impetus from the leading steps. Fun!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #15sss:
“Gargouillade involves two double rond de jambes.”

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