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Learn the pirouettes in ballet

Nina Guyzniy

Professional ballerina

John Smith

Starter in ballet

Nick Black

A pirouette is a staple of classical ballet and one of the most impressive and challenging dance moves in the repertoire. The word “pirouette” comes from the French verb “pivoter,” meaning “to pivot” or “to spin.” In ballet, a pirouette is a full rotation of the body on one leg, often with the other leg extended in the air.

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Learn the pirouette

The pirouette is a tricky turning technique in ballet. It has to be done quickly, but gracefully. Our videos explain exactly how to do this! Watch the videos as many times as you want to get the hang of it.

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Not everyone has the same level in ballet. The videos are therefore designed in such a way that everyone can easily learn the pirouette in their own time. From a beginner to a professional.

Everything you need to know about pirouettes

Different pirouettes

There are several types of pirouettes, including the single, double, triple, and quadruple. Single pirouettes involve one full turn, while double and triple pirouettes involve two and three turns, respectively. A quadruple pirouette is a very advanced move and involves four full turns, usually performed by the most experienced dancers. The number of turns in a pirouette can be increased by adding beats, which are small jumps that create momentum for the next turn.

Successful pirouette

A successful pirouette requires a combination of strength, balance, technique, and grace. The dancer must have strong muscles in their legs, especially in the calves, to control their balance and maintain the balance throughout the turn. The dancer also needs to have good technique, including proper placement of the arms, head, and body, as well as control over their center of gravity. The dancer must also have a sense of musicality, as pirouettes are often performed to music and should be timed with the beat.

Different movements

Pirouettes can be performed en dehors (outside turn) or en dedans (inside turn). An en dehors pirouette involves turning outwards, with the lifted leg extending to the side, while an en dedans pirouette involves turning inward, with the lifted leg crossing in front of the supporting leg. Pirouettes can also be performed on either the ball of the foot (pointe) or flat foot (demi-pointe).

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Meet the instructor

Patrick Jones

Patrick Jones is a content marketing professional since 2002. He has a Masters Degree in Digital Marketing and a Bachelors in Education and has been teaching marketing strategies for over 15 years in Chicago. Patrick enjoys teaching all levels and all ages. He looks forward to sharing his love of building meaningful and effective content with all students to develop their marketing abilities.
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