Before you use this DVD, we strongly recommend you first study Pirouette Class 2. We apologize for the confusion with the numbers, but it’s only now we realize that most students need a more detailed breakdown of the preparatory elements for the en dehors turn. After you’ve done some practice with Pirouette Class 2, you’ll be able to get a lot more out of Pirouette Class 1. This video builds and progresses from adagio to grand allegro in real time, slow motion, and freeze frame. Dance along with Michele Wiles, Principal Dancer of The American Ballet Theatre, and you’ll soon learn to fix your pirouette problems. We’ve also added breakdowns that clear up the difference between the waltz step and the balancé. And, you’ll be amazed when you see how Michele flies through the air with pas de bourrée sauté. It boggles the mind.
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- Introduction: Concepts of the pirouette
- Adagio, promenade, développés
- Pirouette en dehors, 1st arabesque, tendu, demi plié
- Pirouette, waltz, tombe pas de bourrée
- Pirouette, balancé, chassé pas de bourrée
- Piqué arabesque, fondu relevé développé, pas de bourrée, pirouettes
- Pirouette, pas de bourrée, changements
- Saute arabesque & cou-de-pied, pas de bourrée pirouettes
- Pirouettes, sauté arabesque & cou- de-pied, assemblé volé
- Video Credits
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“I think this DVD will be helpful to all ballet students, especially beginners. You will learn the ‘right way’ to perform fundamental steps with the very delightful NYCB soloist, Antonio Carmena, who clearly demonstrates both ‘good’ and ‘bad’ examples, complementing Finis’ humorous comments. I strongly recommend you play the ‘Full Class’ with all the instructions so you can enjoy these special moments.
“The best part of this DVD is that Finis breaks down basic movements step-by-step and gradually combines them together in a flowing manner that magically becomes the ‘dance’ movements at the end! You will see how important it is to learn the basics of each movement correctly from the very beginning—it’s beautifully eye-opening.
“This video also helped me to learn the names and meanings of some of the French ballet terms that escaped me in class.”
— Erico Narita, New York, NY
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