If you search "Italian fouettes" on YouTube, several examples come up. But here's another puzzle: "regular" fouettes were first done by an Italian dancer, Pierina Legnani, although she apparently first performed them in St. Petersburg. So where did the name "Italian fouettes" come from?
I love the coda of the engagement when Gamzatti turns on one leg flinging the other leg in the air and never setting that leg down. Don't know what that is called but love it. She turns 5-6 times as a waltz plays. So amazing to watch a ballerina do that!
Those are the Italian fouettees
I am assuming the Italian school (Cecchetti school) started using Italian fouettes as regular fouettes, so then the other countries started labeling them Italian fouettes. Or does someone have another theory or know the answer to California's question?
I assume it was probably where the step was first developed. Fact is,the two steps differ from each other in both design and pace, starting with their different time signatures-(regular fouettes in 4/4 vs. Italian fouettes in 3/4)