3 Reasons Correcting Pirouettes Is Exhausting
September 17, 2018

In our not-so-humble opinion, correcting pirouettes can be one of the most challenging parts of a dance teacher’s job.

It’s the moment in the day you start questioning every decision you’ve ever made 🤷.

Don’t agree? Hear us out!

Here are five reasons correcting pirouettes is a….special challenge.

1. There are a million (literally) moving parts.

As with everything in dance, your students have to think of a million things at once while executing their turns. Their core, their feet, their relevé, their lengthened knees, their lats, their spot, their arms, their rotators, their breath—all need to be working. The number of things to correct is endless, and any one of them could be the reason your student’s turns are failing.
Add all of that to the fact that they are rotating, and the whole thing is exhausting.
Don’t get us wrong, you’re brilliant teachers so you’re guaranteed to produce the results you want. What we’re saying is, it takes an outrageous amount of effort on your part. Whew boy! Y’all are impressive.

2. Spotting.

Need we say more? Spotting is a deceptively technical concept to teach. It’s tricky, specific and takes some SERIOUS patience to teach.

3. Turning is a head game.

Even if your student is perfectly aligned, has used the right amount of force and spots correctly, if their head isn’t in the right place, their turns are doomed. Turning takes confidence. If your dancer goes into a pirouette believing they will fail, they will most likely fail. Teaching turns requires the capacity to coax a student out of their head and into a place where they believe in themselves.

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