Workshop #20

Promenades & Grands Tours

Date: Saturday, 10th February 2018

Time: 2:30 - 6:30pm 

Level: all except complete beginner (2 months regular classes)

Cost: £62

Address: The Place, 16 Flaxman Terrace, London WC19AT

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Programme*: ballet barre 60min | centre work 70min | ballet repertoire sequences 45min | deep stretching 60min


*approximate and subject to change

grands tours ballet tutorial


'Promenade, or Tour de promenade – A slow rotation of the body, on one leg, characterized by holding a pose, and making tiny movements of the heel, moving the body around in a circle.  In pas de deux, the male partner supports the female  in her pose on pointe.' (

Promenades in ballet are a manifestation of poise and control, not only physically but almost more so the of the mind. It is very common that students do well until the last quarter of the promenade where they start to wobble or fall apart. It does not matter whether task is to go around fully or 3/4, the mind looses concentration or panics at the last bit. 

Grands Tours

Grands tours or big turns are the continuation of promenades. They are the same positions, e.g. arabesques, attitudes, à la seconde, but turned on relevé with momentum. They differ from pirouettes as they are done at a slower speed and usually without spotting. At their most advanced form they are performed en suite, basically turned pliés-relevés.

In this workshop we look at techniques that help you to achieve calm and controlled movements. The beginner students will concentrate more on the promenades to build a strong fundament for their grands tours. However, everyone is welcome to try.

To enjoy the learned techniques in a performance context, I will choose excerpts of classical ballet repertoire that contain promenades and grands tours to practise towards the end of the workshop.

To benefit as many sincere students as possible, the workshop will be taught at beginner and intermediate/ advanced levels. You can choose the level(s) you want to participate in. You can also swap during the workshop if you find an exercise too easy or too challenging.

To book your place please follow the instructions at the top of the page. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me.