Turn Out Intro

When teaching teen beginner combo class, I present dance as a whole and combine the techniques of jazz, modern and contemporary to get creative, and when doing so, I like to introduce turn out as a concept. This means that we do not regard turn out as something we only do in ballet, contemporary and sometimes modern and while we use parallel in jazz. On the opposite, introducing as a concept means that we see it as a component of dance that can be used when creating choreography.

This year I include turning out in my warm-up, doing tendus etc. parallel as well as turned out. To foster this, I am using a simple Across The Floor-combo: We have a retire on one and two, followed by an Arbasque on three and releve on four. On five, six, seven and eight we run with bent knees, moving ,,into the floor”.

Along with the concept of turning out, this combo also introduces simple ballet terminology and shows how we can use it outside ballet class as this tends to be a problem with beginners who are not looking for a ballet work and find the ballet vocabulary we also have in other classes weird.

We do the combo forwards, backwards with our back facing the way we will run and also sidewards. When doing it backwards, I sometimes replace the Arabasque by an Attitude in beginner class. Afterwards, we do the same combo again but turned out. At the moment, I am using ,,Team” by Lorde which is somehow dark but also modern.

Do you teach turn out as the opposite of parallel or only in ballet, contemporary etc. classes?

What do you use to include ballet terminology and turn out in your contemporary classes?

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