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Renversé


Claude_Catastrophique

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Well, I have to learn over christmas holidays a choreographie from a video. There are some renversé in and maybe I missed something in class but I just cannot remember that I have ever learnt a renversé there.

I can do something that has similarities to a renversé but it kicks me off balance, I can't land properly and my legs and arms are everywhere but not where they should be.

How exactly must one execute a renversé and are there any suggestions? I have no clue (I know, I have to ask my teacher about it but since there are holidays I cannot ask her)

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There are a couple of kinds of renversé. It just means "upset" in French, as you know. The most familiar one involves a rond de jambe en l'air from front to back, a bend of the waist, sideways and backward, in the direction of the supporting leg (the moment of renversé), and ends with a pas de bourrée en tournant. The arms go from croisé devant to à la seconde, then to an attitude croisé. Then the arms go to bras bas for the pas de bourrée as the body returns to the vertical.

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That's so fitting that it means "To upset" in french :grinning:

 

 

What are the other types of renverse? I've done the one you just described and I've done another where it was kind of like a ballone a la second, but it starts en avant, whips to the side, and the jumping leg comes up like you're kicking yourself in the derriere, then its sort of a half pas de bouree.

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There are pirouettes renversés, which are usually doubles done en dedans, then the dancer tilts WAY over the supporting leg in the direction of the working leg, and exits the turn in a grand battement developpé to an extended position. The step you've described is, in one school, called "pas renversé". You can do movements renversés as pirouettes, pas de bourrées or temps levés.

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Thanks a lot for your replies. This is more complicated that I thought. I can vaguely remember that we have done something with the rond de jambe. I will wait until my teacher can correct me (it is much more difficult than I thought, hehe, like everything in ballet :devil: )

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I started laughing the day we learned the day we learned the verb "renverser" in French class. It means "to upset" or "knock over", and used reflexively, as in the sentence we were reading, means "to knock one's self over". How true, how true! I knocked myself over quite a few times trying to master the renverser.

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I hoep this won't happen to me (but now I am not sure anymore :( ) Yes, it really has the potential to upset you! :dry:

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Ha, I could solve the problem now. Stupid me did not look properly in the video and now I found out, that I used the wrong arm. Now wonder I could not get around when I was waving my arms in the opposite direction. But I guess it was a good preparation exercises because now, with the right arms, they work pretty well (after all, much better than before lol)

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Oho!

 

Yes, not an unknown phenomenon with renversé - all those contradictory lines of thrust going on!

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