Posted 05 November 2001 - 08:31 PM
I remember, when I first discovered dance, looking in my Guinness Book (1975), looking up "dance" and "ballet" and seeing that Rowena Jackson had the world's fouette record -- at 128.
Does anyone else have any memories, ideas about this?
Posted 05 November 2001 - 08:47 PM
Posted 05 November 2001 - 08:52 PM
Posted 05 November 2001 - 09:01 PM
Posted 05 November 2001 - 09:14 PM
It's just that it's so hard to believe it's a world's record.
Victoria and I can't have, independently, a made up memory of the same thing!!!!!
Where is Rowena Jackson? She must defend her honor!!
Posted 05 November 2001 - 09:41 PM
Posted 06 November 2001 - 08:16 AM
I think any Olympic fouette competition ought, however, to have several categories. It's one thing to do your fouettes as an exercise, but quite another to do them as part of a full length ballet. Which reminds me - once, when Matilde Kschessinskaya had just finished her 32 fouettes in some ballet or other, the audience called out for an encore. Kschessinskaya thought for a moment, nodded to the conductor...and did another 32. Then she went on with the rest of the ballet.
And what about age? Peggy Van Praagh (in her book, How I Became A Ballet Dancer) gives the following account of some early lessons: 'Maestro Enrico Cecchetti (ballet master to Diaghilev)had just started teaching in London, so Miss Phipps attended his lessons and gradually taught us some of his method. This was quite advanced work for girls of twelve and thirteen, but we did not realise it at the time, being determined to master everything we were taught. I can remember that we regulary had to do a hundred fouettes on 'pointe'.....We dared not stop at thirty-two only, the usual number, or even at sixty-four. One hundred it had to be and one hundred it was! I wonder now what these turns must have looked like? Not very good, I am afraid, but at least we developed great strength and determination never to give in.'
Posted 06 November 2001 - 09:50 AM
Posted 06 November 2001 - 08:38 PM
a) Your definition of "pirouette" is vague enough
B) You have a ball bearing in the toe of your shoe.
Posted 07 November 2001 - 01:53 AM
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