How to Do the Pas de Bourree Turn Jazz Dance Move

Learn how to do the pas de bourree from jazz dance expert Liz Piccoli in this Howcast dance video.

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Alright, I'd like to show you what a pas de bourrée looks like. You're right leg starts from the side, we're doing a pas de bourrée. Back, side, front. And back, step side, step front. It's a three step movement. One more time. One, two, three. One two, three. We want to go up, up, down with the feet, up, up, down. You can also do the step with a turn. It's called a back pas de bourrée. And you're just going around yourself. Up, up, down and up, up, down. I like to do this step with a nice pressed elongated arm line for jazz and really stretch through your fingertips to feel a nice burning sensation with the arms. Again, the core is activated. So, we're doing pas de bourrées. Up, up, down. Up, up, down. Back pas de bourrée. One, two, three, reverse. One, two, three. Adding a nice little shoulder in there gives it a very beautiful jazz style. Alright, I'm going to demonstrate a pas de bourrée for you. First slow, and then fast to music. Pas de bourrée. Jazz. Five, six, seven and, up, up, down. Up, up down. Back pas de bourrée. One, two, three and one, two, three. Doing this faster can add a level advancement. Ready? And five, six, seven and, one, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. One, two, three. Again. One, two, three. One, two, three. Back pas de bourrée, back pas de bourrée. And there's your pas de bourrée.

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  • Liz Piccoli

    Liz Piccoli (AEA/AGMA/SDC Associate Director/Choreographer). Liz performed three seasons with the Metropolitan Opera in “Romeo et Juliette” and “The First Emperor.” Past choreography projects include Assist. Director/Choreographer with Tricia Brouk, “I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change,” (Central Coast Theater), Assist. Choreographer for “Ionescopades” at the York Theater (Lucille Lortel Nomination) and promotional choreographer for the Dodgers Theatricals to promote Broadway’s “42nd Street and off-Broadway’s “Fame.” Liz was the SDC Observer of Dan Knechtges on “Lysistrata Jones" and assisted Dan with the TVLand Awards opening number.