The Pirouette Quest continues; and a strange thing

Well y’all, I can report I’m turning clean full pirouettes on BOTH SIDES. Fairly good hit-miss ratio, left ankle a bit weaker and so not keeping releve as well on that side, but a resounding victory none the less! I’ve finally got my pirouette!

(And still struggling against labyrinthitis nausea and dizziness. Waltz turns were nnnooott happening.)

So! I’m one of the people who doesn’t mind going in first group on centre exercises now!

A strange thing: a classmate who I don’t know, a bloke, tapped me on the arm as I was stretching my calves after class. He says, You’re gripping the barre too hard. I responded kind of interestedly and he demonstrated a flat hand not even gripping the barre at all, just barely touching.

Two things here. First, am I being over sensitive, or is it weird to correct a classmate on something the teacher hasn’t commented on?

Secondly, and this is what I said, a different teacher I take class with says the complete opposite. The barre is there in lieu of a partner’s hand, so grip it but don’t break his wrist! A good grip helps with alignment. And also, the barre is there for a reason, otherwise why do we bother with it at all and not just head to the centre?

He didn’t seem convinced. But I’m not changing owt until Fab Teacher tells me! Any barre thoughts over here?

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Pirouette Update

Just wanna let y’all know – I’m turning really clean HALF p’s!

F’in A! What an Amazon!

This post here over at lovely AB (which I reblogged) was a huge help in helping me think through my pirouettes. I’ve gone from My pirouettes are a problem, I don’t know what to do about it, to The feel of a clean half is wonderful and really enlivened my centre work.

Just need to keep building on it and figure out how to get the rest of the way round now!

 

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!!

Adult Beginner

Got this email from a reader.
Let’s called her K-boom.
K-boom needs pirouette help, you guys.
K-boom says:

“I’ve been taking classes seriously for 2 years, 2-3 times a week. I am the ONLY person in my class who cannot do a pirouette. I can balance in passé, spot etc. but I cannot do even one turn. Its gotten to be a “thing.” Two teachers have said its all in my head since I have the requisite skills but its getting ridiculous. I mean, I actually felt like crying from frustration in class last night. The more I practice, the worse it gets. Basically, what happens most of the time is I “fall” out of the turn when I get halfway around. I have also fallen on my ass more times than I care to admit. I am hoping if you make this a post, lots of people will write…

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