Types of Turns and a few tips

In Dance a turn is a rotation of the body – they can be quarter turns, half turns, full turns or even multiple – turning two or three times!

There are many types of turns and they will have different names depending on the style of dance as well as what is actually involved in the turn.

Some you turn on one leg – this is known as the supporting leg, the other is in this instance “airborne” or off the floor on most occasions and is generally known as the working leg. Others you turn on both feet, some you turn in the air. If it is a turn in the air the first leg to leave the floor is the leading leg.

We thought some links to youtube would be helpful so you can see different styles of turns that are most commonly done in our classes. Simply click on the blue link to be taken to the video

Pirouettes: how to do a pirouette for jazz or modern dance, though it mentions ballet and the ideas are the same the working leg would be turned out – http://youtu.be/1tACJ0bjPiE

This post covers the basics for your ballet pirouette – http://youtu.be/LLTM_KP0Dsg

Chaîné Turns: these turns, shown in Jazz style but are popular in freestyle – http://youtu.be/nG0xc88dUHI and here is an example for ballet – http://youtu.be/2Ck_xTZGfLs

Pivot turns: popular in jazz and freestyle, as well as theatre – http://youtu.be/5CxMKEx6bZo

It is important to spot when turning to avoid getting dizzy – this means you find a spot to look at and focus your attention here – as you turn – your eyes stay focus and your head moves around at the last moment to look back at the same spot.

This takes practice and helps if you hold your core or your tummy muscles strong to help balance



In some dance genres and in Labanotation, a turn in which the performer rotates on a pivot point without traveling is known as a pivot.[1]Pivots may be performed on one or on both feet; the latter is sometimes called a twist turn.

About Leanne

Principal at React Dance Academy - providing dance and performing arts education for under 18's in Kenton, Newcastle. Studied with, and continuing our development with the IDTA

Posted on February 16, 2015, in How to guide and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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