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Some un-edited photos of today’s shoot
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Of course! Okay I’m just going to throw everything I know at you so sorry if it’s long!
The biggest thing I think about when pirouetting is pulling up everything as high as I can. However, you still have to feel your supporting foot pushing into the ground, like you’re a creature on a Merry-Go-Round and you have a pole going through you. I also think a lot about my turnout, and not just whacking the knee back. Think about your glutes and rotating that thigh around and under. (Does that make sense? It’s hard to describe in only words…). Another thing I’ve found helpful is feeling like you’re trying to put your foot in your crotch. The foot in retiré should be above your knee. If you think about lifting it as high as you can that helps a lot. Also make sure you’re bringing your back around with you and not letting it twist, stay as square as possible. Related to that, keep your arms in a strong first position, make sure they aren’t down by your belly button, but they shouldn’t be parallel to the floor either.
Sometimes it’s a psychological factor that’s holding you back. If so, sometimes it helps me to count my pirouettes differently. So instead of counting 1, 2, as you go around, try counting 1, 1; or 1, 1, 2 if you’re going for three.
If you’re having trouble getting momentum, think of throwing a melon with your arm (if you’re pirouetting to the right, with your left arm; and to the left, with your right arm).
Also just checking in with your balance at the barre is really good to. Make sure you really know where your balance is in pirouette position.
I hope that helped!
I’ve gotten a number of questions about physical preparations for pointe, so here’s a workout to help you build strength and balance. Make sure you don’t sickle, maintain your turnout (except, of course, during the planks and burpees), and do two or more times a week.
I’ll also be making more dance posts in the future, including exercises to improve balance for all forms of dance, introduction to a pointe shoe, my before- and after-class routines, and more!
A few personal favorites.
Dancer: Hanna Roberts
Location: Corpus Christi, Texas
Photo: M.Lee photography