Chinafish Posted September 21, 2007 Report Share Posted September 21, 2007 Hello all, Was learning the Dawn / Aurora variation from Coppelia on Wednesday, and this step really bugged me... It was sort of at the beginning after a bit of walking around and some arabesque promenades: 1. Stand in 5th croisé, facing downstage left (right leg front) 2. Envelopé ecarte devant the right leg, head look down the left arm 3. Envelopé into retiré 4. Put right leg down to a croisé lunge facing downstage right, whole foot on floor, right arm front left arm side (I call this 3rd arabesque but I've heard people saying this is 2nd?....) 5. Rotationé to tendu devant croisé facing downstage left, with right arm up and left arm side (I call this open 4th? Heard this was called 3rd as well?....) Anyway, my problem is in the transition from 4 to 5 - I cannot manage to get to the tendu without having to "jam" the right leg into the floor to stop myself from falling over. During the class I have tried to keep my weight on the ball of the left foot, and pull in my stomach, but haven't had much luck. I was in one of those modes of trying to work things out that I forgot to ask the teacher (it happens sometimes, I concentrate on trying to use my brain so much that the sensible part of "ask the teacher" command doesn't seep through.... bah...) Just wondering if there are any imageries or pointers to specially focus on that would help with this? I *think* this is called a rotationé but I'm not entirely sure either? And would really help if someone could clarify the arms / positions terminology as well???? I could wait to ask the teachers next week but this will bug me until next Wednesday and I simply can't stand it!!!! Thanks!!! Fish (Edited to add: I did try searching for "rotation" but the search gave me heaps of results concerning hip rotation and turn-out, which isn't what I need! Searching for "rotationé" didn't return anything so I am presuming that I spelt this wrong.....) Quote Link to comment
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