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Opening and closing arms in chaines
By lamariesusanne Comments: 5, member since Sun Oct 13, 2013
On Thu Mar 06, 2014 02:46 AM

I have two question about chaines:

First, in ballet I was taugt to keep my arms in first position while doing one "half turn" after another. In jazz though we sometimes keep going from first to second position, always opening the arms when facing the front. On youtube, kbmtalent also describes it that way. Do you know why two versions exist and whether one of them is right?

Also, I was taught to stay on releve the entire time while on youtube I found some dancers who plie with arms in second, turn on releve with arms in first, go back to the plie and so on. Is that a different turn or just another way to do chaines?

Thank you a lot for your help!

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re: Opening and closing arms in chaines
By DDS Comments: 16, member since Thu Apr 01, 2010
On Fri Mar 07, 2014 01:04 PM
The arms stay in 1st in ballet because it is such a quick turn, especially on pointe. Jazz tends to be slower, but if done quickly I would keep the arms in first. The turn when you lower in pile each time is a soutenu, a different step from a chaine.