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Italian Fouettes


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Can anyone give me any helpful tips to think about when doing italian fouettes? I am a fairly good turned but have never been able to do these very well. I have to perform them as part of Swanhilda's variation in Coppeila in a couple of weeks and need major help!! Any adive is welcome!!!!

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By Italian fouettés, do you mean the ones that start with a développé écarté devant and then fouetté to attitude? If so, then the key is in making sure that the supporting leg turns as soon as you relevé to the back corner and you bring the working side of the back around the corner and forward. Don't let your weight or energy drop as you pass from the écarté through the first position demi plié around the corner to the relevé devant into the fouetté to attitude. :) Just like any fouettés, they take a LOT of practice! :sweating:

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Great advice Ms. Leigh. This turn is more a matter of very good coordination than being a good turner. The arms, legs and head must work absolutley together in order for this movement to look good and be strong enough to get through the repetition of the movement. How many are you doing in your variation? Different versions require a different amount.

 

As you developpe to the side on pointe, strongly reach outward with your supporting arm to second allonge, supporting shoulder strongly resisting the opening of the working leg side. As you turn the supporting heel strongly forward and the supporting shoulder strongly around to the back, remember to pass your arms through first position, as you turn your shoulders to the upstage corner with the battment front to 90 degrees.The working arm must be used to guide the turn of the body. With the turn to attitude croise back, the arms must arrive to one arm in 3rd (5th)/one in second rounded, head and eyeline over supporting shoulder at the same moment as the working leg arrives to the highest point of the pose. The accent of the head is very important. Do not use your head as a passive movement. It is an active part of this movement.

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Thank you both; your information was very helpful! I went to rehearsal tonight determined to improve my fouettes! It is definately going to take more practice but I feel a little better. It really helped me to focus on the battment front to 90 degrees, which I was not doing before, then to really get my shoulder around when doing the fouette into attitude. One more question! What is your opinion on switching the head to the back before your body turns to the upstage corner and the leg swings through to the battment? Or should the head and leg move together?

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The head and leg move together, and you want to avoid getting into a twist either with the body leading the fouetté, or trailing behind it. Many people find that the worst part is withstanding all those relevés on one foot!

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my problem with these is over-rotating the ecarte devant. horrible view, bad line, you know? i tried having a more direct aim to the corner, but once im up there i turn just enough to ruin the line. i think im trying to get my standing heel more forward and maybe im not getting it forward enough in the plie so that when i releve and try to bring it around, it makes me turn...am i off the mark here, is there something else i can try?

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