Step of the week 3entrechat
Posted 19 October 2003 - 04:27 PM
An entrechat is one of the steps of batterie, or beaten steps. In an entrechat the legs open and close in the air, changing front to back, and back to front each time. The simplest entrechat is the entrechat deux, but this step is more commonly called "changement" which is to be preferred. Whether you count by the movement of each leg, or by the numbers of open/closes, every system agrees that entrechat quatre and entrechat huit end up with the same foot front as started. Entrechat six and -dix end up with the foot that was in front in the back. Odd-numbered entrechats end on one foot.
Here's Andrei Dokukin bouncing nicely:
Any hyperperfectionists out there? These are really good, but there are little things that I'd call a dancer on in class.
Posted 19 October 2003 - 08:18 PM
1. After watching this several times, it appears he doesn't quite put down the heel of the back foot when landing.
2. The landing could be in a tighter 5th, but I don't know what his particular level of turnout is.
3. It appears on the final frame of the landing when he is in plie that his rear end is slightly out instead of underneath him (on the changement).
4. Finally, there is one frame where his shoulders appear to be rising slightly on the way up.
Nitpicking is a terrible thing, no?
Posted 19 October 2003 - 08:29 PM
Posted 20 October 2003 - 03:03 AM
Posted 20 October 2003 - 12:27 PM
A lot of dancers will cross the legs immediately in changement --on the way up -- but his open in the air. The quatres are particularly wide. Personally, I like the way the open, close, open, close technique looks. I've been practicing changements with an immediate change on the way up, since that's what my teacher prefers, and I feel it will help me develop toward entrechat six. Yet I don't like the way it looks as much. I've noticed that the SAB-trained dancers cross on the way up as well.
What do you all prefer, and for what reason. I can think of pros and cons of each technique and am wondering what would be preferable for an audition. Would it really depend on the speed of the combination?
Posted 20 October 2003 - 05:26 PM
Posted 25 October 2003 - 03:58 PM
And, I'm sure it's a good challenge for some more seasoned readers, as well.
Posted 25 October 2003 - 04:51 PM
Sorry about the poor contrast between the black tights and the dark floor.
Posted 27 October 2003 - 07:21 AM
Posted 27 October 2003 - 03:03 PM
Jane, if someone wanted to count the motions of the legs in a royale, it would go open-close, open-close, land. You could count it that way, and there would be four movements. In RAD, the term "changement battu" is used, but in the olde-tyme Cecchetti I took, they always called it royale or entrechat royale.
Posted 27 October 2003 - 03:46 PM
I had never heard that before, thank you . I was told that a double royale (the way you describe it first) was sort of a substitute for entrechat six, the way royale was supposedly at first substituted for entrechat quatre for Louis XIV (the problem with both of those being that the legs don't end up quite right).
Posted 27 October 2003 - 07:58 PM
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