gerlonda Posted May 3, 2008 Report Share Posted May 3, 2008 I've done a search on this (looking for "bent" and "leg" and "pirouette") but have not found anything substantial. Five years ago at my other ballet school we were taught en dehor pirouettes with the back leg straight. Then I entered my current ballet school in the student division level four years ago and was told to bend the back leg. Now that some teachers have left and some company members are filling in, some of them stress that the back leg should be straight. Now I am not a natural turner (with either a bent or a straight back leg). I cannot get double turns (my 3 year obsession) either way. But I was just wondering what is the consensus on this board. For en dehor turns, should the leg be straight or bent? In my opinion, turning from a straight back leg "looks" prettier (the bent one reminds me of a squatting dog ready to let one go!). This particular teacher I'm talking about says we should bend the back leg ONLY milliseconds before we take off for the turn. When she does it with a straight leg, it looks marvelous. It seems as if her hips are forward, square, and ready to go and she spins forever. Quote Link to comment
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