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Hi,

I want to ask if any of you know of the name of the step that involves first a sissone fermé sideways followed directly with a chassé forward into a fourth position. I asked my teacher to pronounce it but I still couldn't get it. It seems to start with an "f".

Thanks,

Airchild

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That sounds like pas failli (say it, fah-YEE). Start fifth position croisé R foot front, with a change of direction to effacé, perform a small sissonne poisson and finish with the L foot coming through chassé passé croisé en avant to fourth position croisé L foot front. It's a linking step, and frequently appears combined with assemblé.

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Thank you! That's exactly it! It was followed by an assemblé. Thanks to your detailed description, I will, hopefully, be able to do the steps better next time :D !

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Some methods of nomenclature call the failli-assemblé combination "sissonne doublée" or "sissonne retombée".

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However, the sissonne is not fermé, Ami, it is ouvert, and it is, in my training, not done to the side, but, as Mel described, it starts facing croisé and turns to face effacé on the jump, and the open leg is in a small arabesque. It slides from the arabesque through first to fourth on the chassé, and from there into the assemblé en arrière, closing fifth croisé.

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However, the sissonne is not fermé, Ami,

 

... erm, I think you mean Airchild! :D Hey, it's Friday, it's been a long week...!

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OOPS!!! Sorry, Airchild. :blushing: It's also early, at least for me. Still on first cup of coffee. :D

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But it's still pretty good, pas failli at 3 o'clock in the morning! :)

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:)

 

Mr Johnson, thanks for your earlier note. I've never thought of failli assemble as the same as sissonne doublee, but it totally makes sense! :)

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However, the sissonne is not fermé, Ami, it is ouvert, and it is, in my training, not done to the side, but, as Mel described, it starts facing croisé and turns to face effacé on the jump, and the open leg is in a small arabesque. It slides from the arabesque through first to fourth on the chassé, and from there into the assemblé en arrière, closing fifth croisé.

 

Miss Leigh, no offense taken. :D Thanks for this detailed description. I appreciate it very much. May I ask how a sissone fermé differs from a sissone ouvert?

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ouvert is open.

Ferme is closed.

 

Ouvert as in does not close to 5th, but stays open or in the arabesque position as in your question.

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It would be easy to describe the opening sissonne of the failli as a fermée, though, as it immediately moves, upon landing, into the chassé passé croisé en avant, thus "closing" in first on the way, so probably best to just call it "failli".

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