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Partnering: Uh oh!


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I havent taken a partnering class yet,(i just started dancing this april) And now its time for the nutcracker adn my teacher/directer put me in the russiandance. Theres me a guy and another lady. During the part i jump while the guy lifts me up. When i land i always end up way in front of him, how do i land right back where i started?

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If you have a lift where you end up at your partner's side, HE has to put you there.


Now, if you're flinching, and making the lift harder for him by caving in forward, that's your fault, but if you're not, then it's his problem.


And welcome to Ballet Talk for Dancers. :)

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From the Merriam-Webster Dictionary:


flinch Pronunciation: 'flinch Function: intransitive verb (snip) to withdraw or shrink from or as if from pain : WINCE; also : to tense the muscles involuntarily in anticipation of discomfort

synonym see RECOIL

- flinch noun

- flinch·er noun

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Oh, well i definately don't do that. So i guess he and i need to work on that more.

Also at the end, the guy picks the both of us up at the same time adn turns. I almost always end up falling. the director says I need to sit on his hip, how do I do that?

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Scrunch your hip up against his and DON'T FALL OFF! Really, he has to be in a sort of demi-plié for you to do that, so it's also up to him to give you someplace to sit and at the same time give the other girl on the other side some place, too. So a lot of it's on him!

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Goodness! I also had to jump onto this guy's hip during and recent show! I can completely sympathise with you! Especially if the guy has a slippery hip is wearing a tux and is exremly tall! I found that it worked better if I JuMpEd up there more or less also, practise!!! I don't know how many times we had to practise it beacuse he had no clue what to do . Practise makes perfect. Congrats on the part =) Gd luck

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