Magazine article Pointe

Double Pirouettes from Fifth

Magazine article Pointe

Double Pirouettes from Fifth

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Few turns make dancers more tempted to cheat. Colburn Dance Academy director Jenifer Ringer gives her tips for nailing them every time.

Have faith in your fifth: It's hard to trust that your fifth position will give you enough force to turn. As a result, Jenifer Ringer sees dancers "lean forward, stick their bottoms out or move their front legs so they're not really turning from fifth." Try practicing a clean single pirouette without cheating. "It takes figuring out," she acknowledges, but you'll add rotations "without losing the integrity of your technique."

Keep your limbs close: "Don't let that working-side arm swing out behind you," says Ringer. "It goes front and away, then immediately comes back into [first] position." Similarly, "the working toe goes towards the supporting toe, then right up under your nose as you start to revolve. …

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