Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Ballet Series: Fouettes

Hello my pretties! I hope you all are doing well. Aside from endless studying for my psych test tomorrow as well as my stat exam the week after break I am doing well. I jet off to visit my sister (who just started a blog you can check out here).
A few weeks ago I was reviewing my blog, trying to find inspiration for a post and I realized that I have not written a post about traditional fouettes. I’ve written about Italian Fouettes but not the ones we normally do in ballet class (I will also do a post on fouettes a la seconde in the future). And it just so happens that this post was hugely requested from the members of a dance FB group I am part of. So without further stalling, let’s get into the post.

Break It Down
Since fouettes are very complicated to do, I’m gonna briefly break down the steps first. Essentially, you’re just doing a releve (supporting leg), with a few additions to the working leg. If you can’t do releves without falling down, you’re not going to get anywhere. To gain strength, just do one legged releves at the barre, center, in flats/pointe shoes etc. Try to balance the releve for two seconds before lowering back down to flat.
Also, with the working leg the counts for fouettes are front(1), second(2) up(3). Front diagonal (1; arms in first), second (2; arms in second), up (3; high passe arms in first). If you’re not on count with these turns, they will look really messy and weak. Here is a link that explains the counts for fouettes.

As with all turns, your weight needs to be on the ball of your foot in releve. If you’re falling to one side or the other, you’re not going to turn. To figure out where your weight is, do the front(1), side(2), up(3), exercise at the barre. When you go up, just balance for a second or two. That will allow you to see if you’re falling to far forward/back, left/right. 

Additional tips
1. Keep your hips level. If your working leg is at different heights throughout the turn, you’ll start to fall. 90 degrees is a perfect height. If you’re not sure if your hips are level or not, try wearing a hip alignment belt during class if you’re allowed to.
2. Thinking about the supporting leg will keep you from traveling and falling.
3. Make sure you hit the side(2) count. That is your momentum for the turn. You should see second (arms in second as well) every time you turn. This is also when you should rise on to releve. 
4. Posture is key in ballet. Keep your chest open (not ribcage) open and lifted. Shoulders down and back.
5. Make sure you spot. Do I really need to say that again?

This is what fouettes look like for any non-dancers reading.
(Dancer: Marianela Nunez. Odile Act 3 variation from Swan Lake).

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  1. Oh my goodness! what a detailed post! I would love to be able to dance like you! x
    Great post x
    Chloe ♡

    1. Thanks. I'm kinda known for detailed posts I guess...haha! I try to explain things as fully as I can because it's harder to visualize what I'm talking about if I briefly explain it.

  2. I used to do ballet when I was younger, my daughter is now 3 and she loves dancing I want her to start Ballet and theatre soon :) This is a very different blog to what I usually follow but I loved reading about your passion for your dancing :)

    Pinar xo

  3. Thanks. I'm glad you liked it. I do non-dance related posts on here too but they all relate to dance in some way or another. If you want to check out my personal blog it's www.balletandbroadway.blogspot. I do lifestyle, fashion, beauty posts on it. Nothing dance related...yet.