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Bag of Steps

Bag of Steps: Connections

by Linda on January 27, 2011

It has been over a year since we last added to our Bag of Steps library and we recently discovered – via survey feedback – that some readers missed this series. We now return with a post dedicated to “connecting steps”. These are employed by a dancer much in the same way as we would [...]

Bag of Steps: Adagio

by Linda on December 23, 2009

If jumps and turns are generally favoured by bravura dancers who have a “need for speed” showing off their technical abilities, then adagio dancing, with its slow, lengthened and connected movements is where highly lyrical dancers make their mark. It is typically in the adagio, rather than in complicated combinations of double-quadruple fouettés, where the [...]

Bag of Steps: Turns

by Linda on October 31, 2009

We are back with another edition of Bag of Steps. This time we look at every turning trick designed to make us go “whoa” and typically reserved for the grand finale, such as in the coda from a Pas de Deux . Turns include female and male pirouettes and their offshoots. For the ballerina they [...]

Bag of Steps: Small Jumps (Part 1)

by Linda on August 20, 2009

This is the first post devoted to small jumps, the main components of what is known as petit allégro. Used in training they assist in the development of musicality, coordination, and quick footwork (stressing the use of the lower leg) while onstage, they are widely used in variations and/or character dances in full-length ballets, most [...]

Bag of Steps: Big Jumps (Part 2)

by Linda on July 16, 2009

In this post we continue to look at some of the big jumps that have historically filled the vision of many choreographers and which continue to fill the eyes of an audience. Our focus is on a set of common jumps, which tend to occur in almost every classical variation rather than on the flashy [...]

Bag of Steps: Big Jumps (Part 1)

by Linda on June 27, 2009

This post is devoted to big jumps, usually the territory of  male dancers, though some of them are also done by ballerinas. These tend to draw gasps and applause from audiences (after all, some of them are extremely hard!) and comments in dance reviews. Given there are plenty of jumps in the ballet syllabus, we [...]