Thinking through Pas de Basque

Unfortunately this is the best I could find on Youtube, only 17 seconds-worth:

But wait!

Here is lovely We.do.ballet with a verbal break-down of the step:

Don’t over think it though, it’s just a quick: prepare, quarter circle, hop onto it, step through.

They can come from the front or back.
-tendu fondue front
-quarter ronde de jambe to the side
-your legs out to the side, imagine you are already half way through a glissade and finish the glissade (toward the tendu foot) closing the old standing foot front).
-chase forward to tendu back. (alternately you just bring the closing leg in through coup de pied and just step forward… depends on what’s given)

But don’t over think it. It’s a lovely step when you just let it happen

 

Amazing, right? Like having your own personal instruction manual!

I need words to help think things through, even when the thinking is in my body, as in dance. Perhaps this is why my favourite teacher is very vocal, with a hilarious phrase for just about everything to boot. Port de bras over to the barre? Swim with the dolphins!

 

Plz help a reader with her Pirouette Problem!

Excellent hive-mind help for a dancer with pirouette worries! Similar problems over here – I am yet to truly get my pirouette, too. I do think confidence is a big issue. And starting off with quarter-turns is not a technique that’s been used in my classes. Give it a good read all you pirouette over-thinkers!!