July’s Turns Workshop: Big Girls (and Boy) working with Ms. Lynnrae

For the second half of the workshop with the older students, Ms. Lynnrae gathered the students and began with a quick introduction.



Next she called on of the students she knew well, up to the front and discussed toe point.  She spoke about pointing the whole foot, starting from the ankle and making sure the whole foot is stretched to a point.

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She’d brought along a spring loaded toe stretching machine which she demonstrated using for all the students, talking aging about how the most beautiful pointed feet begin up at the ankle.

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Next everyone moved towards the mirror.  She asked one of her students who she’d brought along to demonstrate to stand at the mirror in a pique turn position.  She explained the necessity of a level head, a long neck, a nice flat back, and level lifted leg position.


She also talked about hitting a nice HIGH releve position.



The whole class lined the mirror and one of the walls to practice.  Ms. Lynnrae moved around the room and made corrections.

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They changed to a different position, with a bent bottom leg, and worked on that for awhile.

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Then she talked about flat backs and core muscles.  She had a few of her demonstrators illustrate her points.  One even put on a cane to completely drive the point home.


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Once again, everybody gave it a try.

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Finally, she talked about the importance of having a level head, literally.  Lynnrae did a headstand to demonstrate her point, which is that just as you can’t do a headstand a stay balances with your head cocked at a funny angle, you can’t turn well like that either. DSC_5111 DSC_5114 DSC_5117


She balanced books on some of the kids heads to help them find their level.

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Then, finally, it was time to get up and spin.

They began with pique turns, and divided up into three large turns to practice them.

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After all the groups had a few opportunities to practice, they moved on to a combination made out of several different kids of turns.  First the students marked the pattern along with the instructor, then each group had a couple of goes at it.

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Then came some work on fouettes and alsicones.

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For the final combination, she added an illusion on to the end of an extremely complex series.

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Eventually, everyone had taken their final turns, and the time was running out.  Everyone gathered for a quick group photo and then it was time to pack up until next time.