ryanishka:

i-want-to-be-a-ballerina:

Here’s a really mediocre, sub-par rand de jamb. Please don’t be rude; I realize that I have a lot of things to work on. Constructive criticism would be great though! 

very nice!!! I would focus on turning out in your rond de jambe—for me this is the ultimate turnout developing combination aside from tendu

For rond de jambe en dehors, try and lead with your heel each time you pass through first. Imagine that your heel will reach its destination before the toe does. With turnout, you pretty much have to be turned out before you even begin a step to use it properly, so think about that heel in your preparation from first position—you’re already there. This all still applies in the reverse, except that the toe leads, etc.

For your passé, I noticed that you have a great straight supporting leg—woo! The only thing is similar to what applies above, you need to be turned out before you even do the step. Here you pulled up to passé and then pushed your working knee back after you were there. Think about pushing that knee back before you even begin to lift that knee. Before your heel even leaves the floor to come up through sur le cou de pied, your knee is thinking about being pushed back. No adjustments should be made once you are in the position.

Great work though!!! Try to let yourself enjoy it a little more, it really makes it easier, at least in my experience—don’t be afraid to make faces of joy or whatever mood you feel rond de jambe makes you feel that day (sometimes I do a sad but passionate rond de jambe, just let it all out man, don’t hold back)

I’m reblogging instead of replying to this for 2 reasons: one being that that would not have fit in a reply and two, THIS IS A VERY USEFUL METHOD FOR ME TO HELP YOU

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Like Ryanishka said, you are doing a wonderfull job.

I’d also say that you could focus on the placement of the arms. right now they’re a little stif and sometimes a bitt off, but if you really try to focus on placing them properly, you’ll look much much better.

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