Contemporary teacher Kristin Sudeikis likes to give each step context within a phrase, so that there’s always a beginning, middle and end. For instance, in this lesson, she bookends the rond de jambe sauté with a place of initiation—the parallel attitude and chaîné turn—and a finish: detailed, delicate placement of the hands. For a beginner version of the rond de jambe, don’t take it into the air. Keep the left leg on the floor.
Kristin Sudeikis is a New York City-based teacher and choreographer. She’s choreographed for the FKA Twigs X Nike collaboration launch in NYC and for Alvin Ailey’s Voices and Visions, among others. She’s taught at the White House 2016 Easter Egg Roll and at numerous college residencies, and she’s presented at the Brooklyn Dance Festival, where she was a guest choreographer in 2015. She founded her own company, Kristin Sudeikis Dance, in 2008, and is a contemporary faculty member at Broadway Dance Center and Peridance Capezio Center in NYC.
Alex Liszewski is a dancer who serves on the Broadway Dance Center administrative staff.