How do ballet dancers pirouette? Warm up your feet, prepare into fourth position, practice the motion, spot, and then pirouette. Then repeat, repeat, repeat. Alexandra Macdonald, first soloist with The National Ballet of Canada, demonstrates the details in this CBC Arts video from 2016.

In this 2015 Toronto Star video, she demonstrates one of the more difficult moves from her role as Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty: A French fouetté.

Next, watch this Swan Lake Fouetée, performed by ballet legends Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn

Plus: The Washington Ballet’s hardest dance moves, What Happens Just Before Show Time At the Met Opera, Ballet Rotoscope, and Brown Ballerinas – Inside the Dance Theatre of Harlem.

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