The tutu in the over-shoulder lift.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 08:57 AM
Posted 10 February 2012 - 09:22 AM
I had a friend who used to dance and still dances baroque dance sometimes, and she was one of the original gyro tonic/gyrokinesis instructors. I took some gyro lessons from her. She once told me young dancers are less self conscious about their bodies when on stage, so I assume a female dancer's tutu flying up in an awkward position is not a big deal to them, but that is just a guess.
Posted 10 February 2012 - 10:50 AM
More practically, sometimes the tutu seems to have a life of it's own, and I do t ever remember being worried about it during lifts. As said above I was more concerned with arms and leg positions and making sure that I was in a secured position than with the tutu. The only time I was aware of my tutu was when being laid down to slee in Sleeping beauty. If you lay on the back of the skirt, you will have a tutu in your face not to mention a very interesting sight for prince charming!
Posted 10 February 2012 - 12:13 PM
Also, rehearsal tutus tend to be very soft because they are worn a lot, and the dancer is unlikely to starch it (or whatever wardrobe does to make the tutu stiff). Rehearsal tutus start out stiff and then they get limp as they are used a lot and washed. So a lift that looks ok tutu-wise in rehearsal may not look the same on stage because the tutu is different. It also depends on the tutu -- the stiffer and wider it is (a real pancake or duckbill tutu) is more likely it is to expose the dancer than a soft, Karinska-style tutu, IMO.
Personally I would not advocate sitting (or lying) on the back of the tutu so that the front pops up!
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