Paul Parish Posted November 3, 2003 Report Share Posted November 3, 2003 Starting this topic after reading a similar one in the young dancers forum.... I'm wondering if anybody else has had an experience like this. Maybe on a good day, when a good day comes, what you notice about why things are working is not what's in FACT making htings go well, it's just something you happened to notice. BUT...... I'm not a good turner, but I had such an exciting day today, I could turn!! (we need a brag board), and in particular I tried pulling forward into my turns and felt it working. Miss Leigh very wisely told a teen-ager that you shouldn't need to pull forward into pirouettes, you should BE forward already. ANd indeed this is true generally speaking, certainly for pirouettes from 4th position. But it was pulling forward into the turns I felt working for me today -- my good turns came at the end of class, in the turns we always do from fifth position (we regularly do 8 to the right and 8 to the left, at fouette speed, at the end of class). For these, my teacher in Berkeley emphasizes pulling "up and forward" into the pirouette, and that in consecutive turns you should come down to fifth PUTTING WEIGHT ON THE FRONT FOOT and spring up into passe, diminish the ribs, make your arms small, and PULL FORWARD into them..... Rudi took a terrifyingly fast tempo for them today, REALLY fast, like the Lone Ranger fast, and I pulled forward into them and NAILED them (to the right -- the left was a different story, but I couldn't get forward enough). I'm wondering -- Since in outside turns from fifth you're turning on the back foot, it makes sense to pull forward into them. Or maybe I was just having a good day -- that's for sure -- and on good days strange explanations seem to make sense. Quote Link to comment
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