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Friday, January 31, 2020

Fun Friday Butt Out

Fun Friday Butt Out

I have talked about pas de couru before: http://balletwebb.blogspot.com/2015/10/technical-tuesday-pas-de-couru.html. It is an interesting step. It is one of the very few times in ballet where the dancer’s seat is permitted – indeed required – to stick out. What fun.

The angle of the body is critical for the twinkling running steps of pas de couru, in which the feet are sent ahead of the body. To do this, the derriere must stick out as a counterweight.

Another place where the seat must stick out in ballet is in a shoulder sit. Watch any pas de deux from the wings as the ballerina is lifted into this position and you will see “butt out” in action.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #33x:
“In a pas de couru, the derriere is out.”

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