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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Wild Wednesday Perfect Circle

Wild Wednesday Perfect Circle

Is there anything more beautiful than a perfectly performed pas de deux? I don’t think so. It all looks so effortless when it is done well.

Take a supported promenade, for example. It is in almost all partnered pieces, and it looks so simple. And yet it can be one of the most difficult things for beginners to master.

The secret to success lies in the path the male dancer takes during the promenade. He must walk in a perfect circle, using the ballerina’s supporting leg as the center of the circle. If he goes out too far or steps in too far, the lady will tilt and/or lose balance. It’s tricky. But after several rehearsals, it all falls into place (no pun intended).

That is, until the ballerina puts on a tutu. Suddenly her supporting leg is no longer visible to her partner! This is where skill really comes in. Now the male dancer has to feel her balance, and sense whether he is walking in a perfect circle – or not. It is challenging, but doable - and ultimately, beautiful. 

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Partnering Secret #27e:
“The male dancer must walk in a perfect circle during a supported promenade.”

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