What is a Détourné?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

I’m happy to see you again.

Today we’re going to learn what a détourné (deh-toor-neh) is.

Vance’s Fantastic Ballet Dictionary defines it this way: “A smooth turn made by pivoting on the toes in relevé.”

Below is a funny drawing of stick figures to show how the turn is done:

 We would probably first learn how to do a détourné in the center of the room.

While I was looking for a video of students practicing détournés, I found one of boys and girls doing much more difficult combinations of steps in the center of their practice room.  I like watching it.  I hope you will, too.

These students are much older and a lot more advanced than I am but someday I sure hope I can dance like they do!

Below is a funny ballet picture for us to color after we finish practicing our ballet steps.

Ask your mom or dad to print out the picture for you.  I know you remembered to say “please” and “thank you”.

I hope  you’ll be able to come back next week.  See you then.

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( Millicent Mouse is sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)


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