- We learn something every day, and lots of times it’s that what we learned the day before was wrong. Bill Vaughan
Do a Double Pirouette
Completing a double-turn, also known as a double pirouette, is one of the most iconic maneuvers in dandling ballet. Completing two revolutions successfully, without getting dizzy or falling is a matter of getting the right positioning, putting the right momentum into your push-off step, and spotting properly.
Pirouettes are not an easy movement. Anyone can whip themselves around but it takes practice, strength, and good alignment to perform a quality pirouette.
Musts for Pirouettes:
Engage your core muscles to maintain good alignment during the turn.
Every turn is a balance, so practice balancing the position in which you want to turn (retiré, a la seconde, etc.).
Spot and keep your eyes off the floor (or that’s where you’ll end up).
Use only enough push to get around – sometimes a dance student’s biggest downfall in pirouettes is pushing so hard that they throw the turn off.
“Connect” your arms to your back – you should feel and imagine width across the back and shoulder blades and the arms should maintain their position (don’t “wind-up” for a turn).
Take off from a properly placed and expansive plié for power in the turn.
Strengthen your ankles supporting the relevé – if you are wobbly, sickled, or pronated, this will ruin your turn.
Mentally, make a choice to come down from the turn, don’t “let” gravity make the choice for you.
Visualize yourself doing a beautiful, clean pirouette – it really does help!