How to Do Pique Turns in Ballet

Learn how to do pique turns from ballerina Maegan Woodin in this Howcast ballet dance video.

My name is Maegan Woodin, and I’m a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and student. I have danced for MTV, Diana Ross, Marc Jacobs and have appeared in many music videos. You can find more information about me and my career, as well as photos and videos, at www.dgtnyc.com. I’m going to be talking to you about ballet. A pique turn is a travelling turning step in which your foot is in a forte usually with your toe behind the knee and your arms for pique turns starts from here and they are gonna open up second position in closed back in first position it’s important that you don’t close your arms too soon or you keep the arms in 2nd position for too long it’s also important that you feel them directly in front of your belly button instead of arc to one side or the other and thinking about that bottom line again coming straight up and down when you are doing the pique turns, so just demonstrating the arms first coz they are actually one of the most important things as well spotting in pique turns so starting with your arms very rounded and strong when you get the corner you are gonna make sure that your arms are in a second position not too far behind you wanna make sure they are nice and forward and then when you start to come towards back your arms should be together at this point and then if you are going to continue on you wanna open up the second arm to continue the pique turns so you are gonna go open up to second close to first and then open up again. Making sure that you are spotting the entire time in one corner of the room .so when you are doing a pique turn sequence down in a diagonal you wanna make sure that you are stepping every time you are going to the next pique turn, stepping in front of yourself so if I was to do a pique turn directly in front of me ,I wanna make sure that I am stepping forward and coming up to forte instead of trying to come to the side you wanna make sure that your foot is always pointed in front and you are thinking about your body coming directly to that line. so I am gonna now demonstrate a sequence of pique turns in a diagonal.