Photo by Bridget Lujan, courtesy of Juneau Dance Theatre
  • Start with a good preparation. Plié in fourth, keeping the hips square and the back knee straight. Arms are in fourth. Texas Ballet Theater School associate director Kathryn Warakomsky encourages students to keep their heels down and use the whole foot on the floor, rather than rolling forward on the arches or letting the front foot slide into the turn first: "You want to go down into the floor and push from the back foot to go up."
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Nancy Bielski's advanced intermediate professional class at Steps on Broadway is a favorite for many professional dancers. She even teaches company class at ABT on Saturdays. Here, she offers advice on mastering the tricky grand rond de jambe with a promenade in the center.

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