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what is the name of this step?


duckie9876

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Just wanted to find out what the name is for the step that goes as follows:

 

For example on the L side:

The dancer battements the L leg to 2nd facing front, then brings the leg down and fouettes (or turns approximately 3/4 turn) into an attitude w/ the L leg behind

 

Can someone explain the mechanics of how this is supposed to be done? It feels very awkward and difficult to do this, much less imagine someone doing it on pointe. If I'm not mistaken, I think I might have seen this in one of the Sleeping Beauty variations.

 

Thanks

 

duckie9876

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This is one of those fouetté movements, sometimes called the "Italian fouetté" and you're right, the Lilac Fairy does some near the end of her variation. Where are you tying up? Very often the transition through first position from à la seconde to attitude is troublesome for people.

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When do you actually start turning? Does your leg brush front before you fouette into the arabesque or do you turn before your leg gets in front of you?

 

Well, I'm not doing them now because I'm pregnant and off pointe, but we had them in class last week and I was trying to imagine how it could be done.

 

duckie9876

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As your leg comes down from the à la seconde you turn the corner as you brush through first position plié, then relevé on the battement front facing the back corner to fouetté to the attitude facing the front corner.

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Duckie, there are two relevés in this step, and a relevé happens from a demi plié! :crying: I guess one could try doing it without coming down from the first relevé, but I don't think I have ever seen that. :( And then you could try and do it with an elevé, but that would be even more impossible! :blink:

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TELL me about it, Ms. Leigh. That's probably why I couldn't get comfortable w/ it!

I've been known to do illogical things in ballet at times.

 

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Once you get it down right, then try it while patting your head and rubbing your stomach. :offtopic:

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Doesn't Gamzatti do like 32 of these in the picnic scene in La Bayadere? Seems like I can picture Darci Bussell (sp?) looking like a million dollars in a dazzling set of these, wearing an "Indian" tutu.....

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Bussell does exactly 6 grands fouettés (with one extra developpé à la seconde) in the Royal Ballet's "La Bayadère" (on the video, anyway). She uses the rest of the phrase to pas de bourrée and prepare for rond de jambe fouetté en tournant (14 of them).

 

Ok, maybe I've watched that video just one too many times... :offtopic:

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