ami1436 Posted September 23, 2008 Report Share Posted September 23, 2008 I'm back dancing again and having a great time! However, my pirouettes, especially en dehors, are becoming increasingly inconsistent (as opposed to increasingly consistent!). I'm not a natural turner, but have worked hard and usually doubles are not a problem, and I was recently working on consistency in triples... but now.... My background training was a bit of everything, but with some Balanchine style thrown in. Thus, I originally always did pirouettes, en dehors and en dedan, from a lunged fourth position preparation. En dedans, the leg would not degage to seconde. But for the past 8-10 years, I've been required to do more 'regular' pirouettes from fourth position. For en dedans, I've used the degage more often than not, and actually have suddenly found that my en dedans pirouettes, usually less consistent than en dehors, are improving. I am able to degage or 'bring the leg straight in', although I have to really think about *not* doing the degage. Currently, I'm being asked to bring the leg straight in more often than not, but that's okay. I include the en dedans discussion because I am able to get up/forward on my leg from that straight back leg - but why does this seem so hard en dehors? My teachers are not being sticklers should I choose to do a 'regular' fourth, but I'd like to stay as versatile as possible. I feel like I'm not getting up and over my leg, and I'm having a hard time starting the turn -- almost like I'm starting to turn before I get up... It's just gotta be ugly! I've tried to practice in the corner, just going into a releve, and that seems okay. It's something about the impetus for the turn and the use of that straight back leg which has left me perplexed. Any thoughts, imagery, suggestions... anything at all ... would be helpful! Thanks! Quote Link to comment
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