What is a Pirouette and How Do I Do It?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

I’m happy to see you again.

Today, we’re going to learn about the ballet step called a “pirouette”.

Below is the definition of this word from Vance’s Fantastic Ballet Dictionary:

“A complete turn on one leg. The dancer usually goes round more than once. The raised leg is most commonly held in rétiré, but pirouettes with the leg in other positions are not uncommon. If the direction of the turn rotates the raised leg away from the front of the body, the pirouette is en dehors; if it rotates the leg toward the front, it is en dedans. The dancer spots (see “spotting”) in order to avoid becoming disoriented. Pirouettes are usually fast, but supported pirouettes, in which a partner steadies the soloist, may be done very slowly. “

Below is a picture of a man doing a pirouette.

I found a video of  a ballet teacher explaining how to do a pirouette correctly.

Now, you try it.

I’m going to practice my pirouettes.  After that, I’m going to color the ballet picture I found.  You can, too.

Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you.  don’t forget to say “please” and “thank  you”.


I hope you’ll come back next week when we will learn some more ballet steps.

See you then.

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