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Help filling in some choreography holes?
By magdalenemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 427, member since Fri Apr 27, 2007
On Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:41 AM

I'm working on a short solo to Blue Danube (with a prop) and I've got some holes I'd love some suggestions for.

The choreography is still evolving, but what I'm doing right now is: (hum the Blue Danube- it helps)

(I start upstage left, moving down right) Developpe- balance balance
Attitude- failli-hop*- saute arabesque
??? - waltz turn, waltz turn
??something to change direction?? - pique pique (back to stage left)
??another transition step?? - tombe-pas de bouree-glisade- saut de chat
pique arabesque- chasse- tour jete then chaines until offstage

Sorry if I'm spelling things wrong or using wrong terms. I can't remember right now the correct name for the *hop- but you just hop with your other foot coming up thru passe...

Obviously alot of what I need are transition steps, everywhere I have ???'s are holes.

and yes, this is all pretty much lifted from "across the floor" in class. Any tips to make it look a bit more polished - besides practice, of course - are super appreciated!

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re: Help filling in some choreography holes?
By theresemarie Comments: 358, member since Tue Feb 03, 2009
On Mon Oct 21, 2013 06:55 PM
Transition steps or what I call ballet conjunctions. Let's see... how about glissade,temps lie,or contretemps-that changes direction?
re: Help filling in some choreography holes?
By toroandbruinmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 3627, member since Fri Oct 10, 2008
On Mon Oct 21, 2013 10:32 PM
For a pause and changing directions, how about a soutenu turn that does not go all the way around but stops and faces the new direction. Or a pause, shift feet and do a simple efface or ecarte if that would get you headed in the new direction. Or a fouette (not the pirouette-type turn but a grand battement to the front with a body-pivot so now you have an arabesque to the back), then a faille through to get you going the other direction.

For a transition step where you don't change direction, how about a waltz step backwards, as if if you were temporarily changing your mind, but then go forward with the next group of steps.
re: Help filling in some choreography holes?
By magdalenemember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 427, member since Fri Apr 27, 2007
On Wed Oct 23, 2013 11:44 AM
hm...that's some good ideas. a demi contretemp could work well, and I like the idea of the fouette- we do those at the barre alot, I've never thought to put one in center!

I just found out I have ANOTHER solo at the end of the piece to choreograph as well! I end the show! (excited but intimidated now)

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