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Friday, September 20, 2019

Fun Friday Deep

Fun Friday Deep

There are two basic ways to use the arms when preparing for an en dehors pirouette. The dancer can leave the leading arm in first and bring the following arm in to meet in as the turn begins. Or, the leading arm can open to à la seconde and both arms come together as the turn happens. If you always do it one way, try the other and see if it works better.

Today I’m focusing on the leading arm opening to second. Often this helps the dancer keep everything level while providing a little extra impetus by having both arms come into first simultaneously.

When using this preparation, it is important that the deepest part of the plié occurs as the arms reach second position. It is similar to Ballet Secret #14b: “In a pirouette en dedans, the deepest part of the plié is when the leg hits à la seconde.”

This coordination is critical, but when executed properly, the pirouette happens as if by magic!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #14kkk:
“The deepest part of the plié is when the arms are in à la second.”

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