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Do a Double Pirouette

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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:

  1. Engage your core muscles to maintain good alignment during the turn.

  2. Every turn is a balance, so practice balancing the position in which you want to turn (retiré, a la seconde, etc.).

  3. Spot and keep your eyes off the floor (or that’s where you’ll end up).

  4. 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.

  5. “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).

  6. Take off from a properly placed and expansive plié for power in the turn.

  7. Strengthen your ankles supporting the relevé – if you are wobbly, sickled, or pronated, this will ruin your turn.

  8. Mentally, make a choice to come down from the turn, don’t “let” gravity make the choice for you.

  9. Visualize yourself doing a beautiful, clean pirouette – it really does help!

 

Success stories

Naomi Sprague

Jan 20 at 04:13 am
Hurray!!