Meanwhile, at Vaganova Ballet Academy…
Carla Körbes in “Elégie” – 2012 Vail International Dance Festival
Most moves and steps are the same and ballet terminology is universal. Men’s dance only has many more big jumps. Even if ballerinas perform them too from time to time, they are usually boys’ territory. Some examples are Cabriolé, Barrel Turns (and their 540 variation), Tours en l’air and double or triple Tours en l’air.
(Ivan Vasiliev’s double cabriole in Flames of Paris)
(Vladimir Shklyarov’s barrels in Le Corsaire)
You can see a lot of these spectacular jumps in Le Corsaire or in Spartacus.
Hope this helps!
Svetlana Lunkina and her coach, Ekaterina Maximova, in rehearsal at the Bolshoi.
As far as getting stronger, being a better technician, try harder, it’s always a matter of trying harder when it doesn’t feel like you can….I think what happens a lot is that technique is difficult already and we get wrapped up in the idea that we are “already” working, because we are already sweating, struggling, etc. but we can always push harder, it’s all about the mind.
To become a better dancer though, I would separate that. Being a good dancer is not about technique, as with my belief about all art, it’s about whether what you’re doing truly comes from the heart or not. At the end of the day, art is about expression and bringing what’s on the inside that you can’t otherwise show people into the real world where it can indeed be observed by others. It truly does not matter what anybody thinks about it, just the simple fact of what it is makes it art. If you want to be a great dancer, make sure you’re living life, getting experience outside the studio…because how can you show what Giselle’s broken heart looks like if you haven’t ever been anywhere close in real life?
I notice that so much of dance today is about technique and sometimes going through the motions of what artistry looks like. It’s good to explore yourself, how you as an individual move within the parameters of the choreography. That’s my advice!!!
The Sleeping Beauty // Bolshoi Ballet // 2016-2017 Season
Eléonore Guérineau, Karl Paquette
photo: I. Aubert
To put it very simply:
Try a quick google search for more details and maybe watch Balanchine’s Jewels for a comparison between French (Emeralds, Act I) and Russian (Diamonds, Act III) ballet.
Hope this helps and good luck with your musical!