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fouette turns


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Hi. I was wondering if I could have a little help with fouette turns. I know that to do them I need to be able to do a solid double pirrouette. I often struggle with them, but I think it's all in my head, a sort of phobia, because when I do a double before fouettes I always make them. Yes, I read that thing on "loving pirouettes," and I'm committing myself with all my might this year to learning to like them and not hesitating! I know fouettes take practice, practice, practice, like anything, but anyways, when I fondue in the fouettes, I have trouble because I sort of "flick my leg out," and then not bring it second before pulling in into passe. It's like I sort of loose control or something. I can get around for awhile without loosing total control, but I want to get around right! How can I stop flicking my leg out and keep control?

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It sounds like a matter of strength, Medora. Try practicing them one at a time, on pointe, at the barre. Feel the extension of the leg to the front and then the carry to the side maintaining the rotation and the stretch in the foot, and whip up to the retiré. Even do it without turning for a while, and then add the turn. In the center practice consecutive turns from 5th for a while, and at the same time practice the fouetté action at the barre.

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Thanks Ms. Leigh! I'll definetely do all of those things! It seems strange; the muscles in my legs are defined as I have danced longer, yet I still don't have enough strength! Maybe it's that over flexibility thing? Oh well, I've rambled on enough, bedtime calls, school!! Thanks, and I'll work really really hard on it! :blushing:

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is it really that necessary to be able to do solid doubles on pointe in order to do fouettes? i find fouettes, depending on the day, much easier than multiple pirouettes. what am i missing?

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I suppose it's possible, Constanza, however I have generally found that students who cannot do a decent double pirouette on pointe do not have the strength, the center of balance, and the head action that are necessary for fouettés.

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