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Published on Sep 26, 2015
This video is presents double tours to the knee by Herman Cornejo, Angel Corella, Vladimir Malakov, and Mikhail Baryshnikov.
A double tour en l’air (tour-on-lair, French for turn in the air) is a standard step for men. The dancer takes off from fifth position (feet crossed) with arms providing momentum in the direction of the turn. After two turns, the dancer lands back in fifth position, lands in retiré (foot touching the knee), or in arabesque position. As in pirouettes, the dancer “spots” by delaying rotation of the head until it snaps around to the original position, focusing on a particular “spot” while the body moves at a constant speed.
Double tours to one knee are a common end to a solo. If the dancer turns clockwise, his right leg is in retiré or low retiré position. Upon landing the dancer can either land on the left foot with the right foot going back as the dancer goes down to his right knee. Alternatively, the dancer can go forward with the right leg with the left knee proceeding to the ground. Going to the knee in back is more difficult as it requires a tour with two full rotations in the air; in contrast, going to the front can be accomplished with 1-1/2 or 1-3/4 rotations.