What Is a Soutenu?


Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to talk about the “soutenu”.

Below is the definition of this ballet movement from Vance’s Ballet Dictionary:

“(a) Performed smoothly and slowly. (b) Also used to indicate a smooth détourné. For (a), can be: where from 5th position, the working leg is taken out to the front, 2nd position, or to the back, while the supporting leg is lowered to demi-plié. Then the supporting leg rises to demi or full pointe while the working leg is drawn into it, ending in a tight sus-sous position.”

The following video shows how the “soutenu” is used when performing turns.

Now you try it.  Don’t forget to “spot” so you won’t get dizzy when you turn.

After I practice my soutenu turns, I’m going to color this picture:

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I hope you’ll come back next week when we’ll talk some more about ballet

See you then.



(Millicent’s blog is sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)


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