20 Pirouette Tips from the Rockettes

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20 Pirouette Tips for Dancers from Rockettes.com

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Want to improve this dance move? Here are our top twenty tips:

1.    Get to ballet class. Barre and centre exercises pave the way to pirouette perfection.
2.    Strengthen your core.
3.    Practice balancing in retiré (or whatever position you are turning)
4.    Strengthen your ankles to support a high, sturdy relevé.
5.    Align your ribs over your pelvis and keep this connection throughout the turn.
6.    No twisting in the torso while turning.
7.    Take a moment in your preparation to experience an active (not passive) sense of calm – like the intense energy that seems to gather before lightening strikes.
8.    Launch your turn from a well-placed plié.
9.    Practice to find the right amount of push and use only the necessary amount of force.
10.  Withdraw the foot quickly from the floor as you start the turn and bring it to the knee immediately.
11.   Imagine energy in the supporting leg spiraling upward, while energy from the torso drills downward.
12.   Imagine the knee drawing a circle around you as you turn.
13.   Imagine hugging a large beach ball, with your arms, to activate your back and arm muscles.
14.   Work on your spotting technique, relaxing the head and neck, focusing the eyes, and whipping the head with precision.
15.   Visualize yourself doing a beautiful, clean pirouette every time.
16.   Think ahead and know how many turns you want to do.
17.   Breathe, relax, and float around in your turn.
18.   Remember that a pirouette is not a spin, but a controlled up and down movement that happens to rotate.
19.   Just before the finish, lift up, activating the core muscles just a little bit more for a graceful landing.
20.   Practice, practice, practice! Repetition and experience are essential to mastering turns.


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