swantobe Posted October 14, 2011 Report Share Posted October 14, 2011 There are two areas that I would really like to improve in (I mean I want to improve in all areas but these two have been marked for now): pirouettes (and turns of all kinds) and adage (specifically my line and stability and correct use of the upper body in particular). In terms of the adage, I think a few private lessons are going to be necessary and I definitely need the practiced eye of a teacher at all times for that. But for pirouettes, I'm questioning whether or not private lessons are really going to help. Let me explain: I have a pretty good idea of what I might be doing wrong in pirouettes - alas, there are many things, but some examples would be (at various times, not necessarily at the same time!): not holding arms correctly (too low, too long), weight back or sideways, "crunching" one side (i.e. a shortening of one side of torso/stomach side, usually in the direction to which I'm turning) and so forth. I have had quite a lot of help in this regard - often when we have a guest teacher or I do a master class, teachers will spend time working with me on turns (which I am extremely grateful for but can be a bit embarrassing when a teacher spends 10 minutes of a master class helping me individually with my turns ), but I still feel that things have not quite "clicked" for me. I can do a neat single turn, ending "up" (still en demi-pointe/pointe and with leg in retiré) but something goes wrong when I try that double...There is also a definite fear factor involved in this - because so much attention has been paid to my turns and because I had a situation with some old teachers where I got broken down a bit in this regard, I dread turning exercises. I am scared of slipping, too (ironically, I am less scared of turning en pointe than en demi-pointe ). I feel like I have pretty much convinced myself before the music even starts that I am not going to be able to do the pirouettes. So, my question is: would it be better to have private lessons for help with pirouettes or would it be better for me to find some time in the studio alone and work on applying all the corrections and learning what works for me? I have the suspicion that if I have a private lesson it's just going to feed into the idea that I am a "bad turner" and doing turns again and again and again can just make me worked up and thus things just get worse. I turn much better when I am calm and relaxed and when I stop worrying about what the teacher's going to think/say. Quote Link to comment
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