Monday, February 9, 2015

Imagining yourself to multiple pirouettes

How can I do more than one turn? Tips please!

Years ago I had a friend who would dream of doing triple pirouettes and then in class the next day, she would perform them flawlessly! The trouble was, she couldn't ever control her dreams so her triples felt like they were simply good luck.

But that doesn't mean you can't create successful multiple pirouettes through imagery. In fact, that is one of the best ways.

Picture yourself in the proper alignment:
--long spine and neck
--arms in a held position
--knee in a perfect retire 
--hips lifted
--back wide

Imagine that picture turning very fluidly. Your head spots rhythmically, once, twice, or more. You're not flinging yourself around using your arms or your knee, right? Nope! Not in your perfect picture!

Then create the picture in the studio. Stand in retire and see what the image of yourself looks like. Place your hips and arms and head correctly; get over your leg on a releve.

On the turn, take that one step further: actually look for that picture in the mirror each and every time you hit en face. If you see your arms to the side (you are leaving them behind in the turn) or your leg is below the knee or turned in, then you will have a harder time doing more than one turn consistently. Stop, readjust and try it again.

NB: This is simply ONE tip for multiple turns. There are hundreds more. But the number one piece of advice I give students who want to turn more fluidly and consistently? Breathe!

Happy dancing~


Anonymous said...

:) Sound advice.

Leigh Purtill said...

Thank you, Anonymous! :)