To see a better video of fouettes, go abt.org . . .
and scroll down on the side until you see 'Fouette rond de jambe en tournant'. That is the fouette turn you are talking about.
Im going to presume you are doing them on flats.
I just noticed you were a beginner in ballet,so I'm not sure if all of the following will make sense to you. Again, make sure to do these under the supervision of a reputable ballet/dance instructor.
Now, for fouettes, there is a vast number of things to check-ill just go over SOME of the basics.
:Now, it depends on how you go into the fouette-you could go pique turn, fouette, bourree front, prep, single/double piroutte, foutte; ill cover both.
Now if you are pique turning into it, you need to make sure you change what you focus on in turning. For pique turns, you always spot to where you are going (usually the side), and in fouettes, you spot to the front...basically you would NORMALLY spot the audience. Depends on the choreography. It's quite hard to change the focus at first, but eventually you will get the hang of it. Just know, always open and spot the front-dont switch which wall you spot because eventually you will be opening your leg up when you are facing the back.
Now if you do a pirouette to get into it, thats quite a bit easier as you should already be spotting the front, and you have quite a bit of momentum if you plied in your prep. Spotting is key though. I cannot stress that enough in fouette turns. SNAP that head!
: So many people cannot get their fouettes because of their arms. Now lets see if I can get this straight- you use 3 types of arm positions-1st, 3rd, and 2nd.
-Now, while turning when your foot is positioned at the knee, the arms are in 1st.
-When to the side and starting to open up the leg, say your right leg is going out-your right arm is the curved arm,
-and then when your right leg is all the way out to the side, to create a nice line your arms are in 2nd position.
www.dance.net . . .
If you need help with arm positions, they have them in there.
I know thats all probably confusing, but it will make sense in the end.
-Dont drop the arms, as they REALLY help you get around. Sloppy arms=sloppy fouettes
-Dont let your arms pass your center. Basically pretend I drew a line in magic marker on you that goes straight down the middle, dividing you in half. Each arm/hand should stay to their own side, and not pass into the other half. It throws you off balance, lyke whoa.
-Even though your arms do help you get around, they are not there to just fling behind you. Just like your center line, second position is the farthest your arms should go. Period. Remember, In second position your hand should never line up with your shoulders-your elbow should line up with your shoulders more, but maybe a bit lower.
Okay, here ill just give tips-im sure you know the basic mechanics.
-When you whip your leg, you should never have it straight out to the side. That would be just like forcing your turnout. So basically, however far your turnout goes, thats the farthest your 'whipping' leg goes before it closes in passe.
-PLIE PLIE PLIE. Without a plie when you open your working leg to the front, you cannot get around.
-Use your demi pointe!
Also, just a random tip-DONT SLOUCH when you open your leg out to the front, when you plie. It looks horrible, and ruins the fouette.
Dont forget, when you try these out at first do them under a reputable ballet instructor's careful watch/instruction. Im sure they have many more tips that would help you, and they can physically see what you do correct and incorrectly. I have a feeling you just recently started ballet, by the looks of your post- see if you can get someone from your school's dance team and/or the coach of them to help you.