Diana180 Posted August 26, 2004 Report Share Posted August 26, 2004 In addition to the usual problems with balance, spotting, etc., I seem to have trouble figuring out which type of pirouette I am about to do. There appear to be 2^4 = 16 possibilities for an ordinary single pirouette: left/right, front leg up/back leg up, from fourth/from fifth, toward the supporting leg/away from the supporting leg. By the time I've worked my way through the decision tree from watching what the teacher or others did, the pirouette is over and I'm too late. Does anyone have any hints for figuring out how certain kinds of pirouettes follow logically from the movements before them, and can anyone tell me if any of the 16 possible types of pirouettes in my system are impossible or never used, so I can permanently eliminate them as possibilities? Books are not much help since for any step they may illustrate only a subset of the variants that might actually be used in class. In addition to general lack of coordination my sense of pirouettes has been affected by a teacher back in the U.S. who said "Every pirouette you ever do in your life will start with the weight on the front leg" (which has not seemed to be true in other classes, or else I'm doing those ones wrong) and also had us doing one and a half turns as a first attempt. I know I should just stop thinking and mimic, and that sometimes works, but there are just too many variables and I tend to stop in the middle and go, "OK, right leg, from back, from fourth ... but which direction?" Quote Link to comment
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