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a body spin, esp in dancing, on the toes or the ball of the foot



a ballet term designating a full turn or multiple full turns executed in place by a male or female dancer. Rotation may be clockwise or counterclockwise. A pirouette is executed by a variety of means that create a spinning motion. A dancer can execute a series of pirouettes moving in a straight line or a circle.

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Shannon Bresnahan, a teacher at San Francisco Ballet School, tells her students to practice a series of half pirouettes from fifth, leaving their heads behind as long as they can before finishing.
As noted earlier, the results of this study might be called into question because the teaching of pirouettes to beginning dancers is not common practice.
I went up there and when I got to the top I did a little pirouette, a 360 degree spin, so that was fun.
Trained dancers have the ability to make pirouettes appear effortless, and they may even feel effortless when the dancer is at peak performance.
For instance, how should you approach pirouettes, contractions, and back bends?
One dancer pirouettes and glides in half-light, her hand to her head, as if lost in thought; another bangs the reinforced balls of her toe shoes ferociously on the floorboards, as though in a violent argument.
There's ballet, with pirouettes, toe shoes and a bunch of dancers with Russian names.
When you hear a hip hop beat you might not prep for pirouettes.
Later, at a bar, the young man (who has survived) becomes entranced with a phantasm - a graceful white-garbed ballerina (Janina Cervera) who, sheathed in spotlight, pirouettes about the stage.
Another female skater whirls in dizzying pirouettes over the ice while a man slowly follows his own tracks, carving deeper and deeper into the ice to spell the word "how.
With music by Gavin Bryars and David Lang and a cast of nine, the high-speed ballet is packed with extreme pirouettes and physics-defying illusions.