Effective practice

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Of course Ted talks is the best for bringing the latest, greatest information to us. I like this video because right off the bat it talks about dancers learning to do a Pirouette! One of the aspects of Just turns is to visualize the turn, especially the finish. Enjoy this cool video! Effective Practices

Scoop the Coupe: SCOOPE

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When picking the foot up to passé, scoop the toes underneath to draw the passé directly up the leg as quickly and efficiently as possible.The action of the toes flicking off the floor is key to the rule of “FAST” to the position. This also puts the action of the passé into the foot rather […]

Just say “NO” to Spot!

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The key to an efficient spot is to activate the full range of flexibility in the neck. Rather than passively ‘leaving’ the head front and then coming all the way around, the dancer should begin the spot by actively engaging the head in one direction as the body turns, then actively snapping the other direction […]

Turnings vs Spinnings

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Turns are not all about quantity. Like many of the finer things in life, quality is what really matters. Spinning your way through six sloppy pirouettes is not as impressive as a sus-tained and controlled triple. A great turner with a beautiful position and a clear, consis- tent spot is easy on the audience’s eye; not […]

Turning Surfaces

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Sometimes it’s not that you’re having a bad turning day, it’s the just the darn floor! Sometimes you will get lucky with a great turning surface, but there are many times that the dance floor is not ideal for turning. So let’s talk about all the different kinds of floor and how to approach your turns on each […]