Attitúde a lá flippy tail

Working on our attitúdes.
Smirnoff has Best Girl demonstrate an attitúde: standing leg straight, other leg bent behind, with the foot and knee at a level, like they’re resting on a table.
Word on the street is attitúde means ‘bent’. So, “straighten up your attitude, young lady!” is correct and appropriate usage.
Turns out the kitchen sink at home is the perfect height for legs en attitúde, but anyway-
Then he says, “now do it wrong. Foot higher than knee. ”
Looks wrong for ballet but not exactly bad…
Then, “ok, do it wrong with the knee higher than foot.”
Best Girl starts grinning before she’s even fully in the pose, we all start laughing, it is so wrong, like dog-marking-his-territory times twentymillion.
And then, “ok, ok, yes, that is very bad. Now correctly again please, in croisé.”
She turns toward the left front corner of the room, and from this angle I can see her foot, the one in the air behind her body, held at perfect level with her knee, that foot kinda flips up.
Like if you’ve ever walked into your backyard and startled a deer who has wandered in to munch on your garden, and then sees you and bounds away with this fluffy white tail flipped up behind like a flag.
Or like a Jack Russel terrier’s little exclamation point of a tail. Alert! Aggressive! A little silly! Hi hi hi!
Have tried to cop this attitúde at home but the saucy flip isn’t there just yet.

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Had my first ballet class Ever at the advanced age of thirty-two. Yikes.
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5 Responses to Attitúde a lá flippy tail

  1. Jen says:

    Ooh, I think that flippy tail thing is called ‘winging’ of the foot (opposite of sickling):

    http://ballet.isport.com/ballet-guides/how-to-point-your-foot-in-ballet

    It’s especially pretty I think when the ballerina has one leg really high in the air and ‘wings’ it. Some choreographers prefer that look, but it’s dangerous to wing the foot on the floor.

  2. Sandie says:

    Cool article. I’m working on the same thing!

  3. lookchoozact says:

    Our teacher calls it a bevel. She has us put both feet in the thera band in pike with feet pointed then keeping the feet together ankles and along the inside edge, try to curve the little toes to away and apart to create the feeling and shape of the bevel.

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