How to Do a Jazz Pique Turn

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The word "pique" is French in origin and means "prick." Learn how to do a jazz pique turn with help from a personal trainer, choreographer and dance instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Lesa G. Williams, Owner of Mix in San Diego, California. Today, I'll be teaching you how to do a jazz pique turn. Now, pique is French for prick. So, I want you to imagine that your foot is pricking into the floor when you do this actual turn. We'll do it without any turn first just so you can go over the placement of where your legs and arms need to be. We'll go from a turnout first position, tendu your right foot out to the side and point that foot straight into the floor, straight leg. Now, this right leg that you're going to pitch up on top of is not going to bend. It's going to stay completely straight. We'll take your right arm in front to first position and then your left arm out to the side in second position. Then, from here, onto that right straight leg, you're going to press the ball of the foot, transfer your weight onto that right foot and then come up off of your left foot into a passe. And you're going to freeze and hold and eventually that will be a turn. So, right foot steps onto the floor, pressing onto the ball of the foot, pushing up and taking your passe position with your left leg. Now, to add the turn, since we're going to the right, we're going to spot the right wall. Step onto that right straight leg and turn, left leg passe. And you would keep going across the floor. So, it's a continuous exercise. Step onto that right straight leg, passe and then come down. Going into your next one and then come down traveling to that same right direction. And that's how you do a jazz pique turn. My name is Lesa G. Williams, Owner of Mix in San Diego, California.

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