Haha, okay I’ll start with a laugh, because this is kind of funny and it did make me laugh at myself.
So it turns out (pardon the pun) that you are supposed to retire during pirouette. I mean, I always new that your leg went somewhere like a retire position, but I realise now that you are supposed to do a complete proper retire!
I was practicing an exercise Tibor had taught me. It had a lot of going up into retire quickly. And I remembered him saying: “I’m getting you ready for pirouettes.” And all of a sudden I was like…
I’m totally supposed to go full retire! Toes fully touching knee!
And it has made a huge difference! So much more stability and control. I know a lot of things go into stability, but for me, this one has had the most impact on my pirouettes.
So here’s a clip of me in tonight’s lesson, using full retire…