Partnering Techniques: The Nutcracker
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Learn the ropes, step by step, to everyone's favorite, the Grand Pas de Deux from The Nutcracker. Griff Braun and Johanna Snyder of The American Ballet Theatre begin the video by performing the pas de deux. After that, they break it all down with Finis Jhung and tell you everything you need to know about promenades, supported pirouettes, and lifts. Griff and Johanna tell what they are thinking as they do the steps and what they expect from each other. By the end of the video you'll have seen all the nuts and bolts of partnering. Griff has partnered some of ABT's best ballerinas, so he knows what he's talking about. This video is a must for anyone who intends to do this pas de deux or simply loves ballet.


1. The Grand Pas de Deux (complete)
2. Développé front, promenade in attitude
3. Piqué turn en dehors, promenade in arabesque penchée
4. Fondu développé to the side, arabesque penchée, flip to pose
5. Whip turns en dedans, fouetté arabesque, off balance attitude pose
6. Split jeté lift, spun pirouettes en dehors
7. Grand pas de chat lift, supported pirouettes en dehors
8. Traveling attitude lift
9. Upside down attitude lift, lunge
10. Final sequence: Continuous promenades, whip turns, poses, bows
11. Details of supported pirouettes
12. Partnering extra: shoulder lift

ALL REGIONS DVD 70 minutes. 12 sections (no solos or coda). Taught by Finis Jhung. Demonstrated by Johanna Snyder and Griff Braun. Pianist: Mark Jelks (no CD music available)


“I wanted to let you know that 4 of my students were chosen to dance with the Moscow Ballet Company when they performed The Nutcracker in Gillette, WY. The master ballet director, Olga, chose my students out of hundreds of children who auditioned because of their technique. Their technique is outstanding because I teach them what I have learned from you in your videos. The ‘how and the why’ makes all the difference in the world. Thank you again for sharing your ‘pearls of wisdom’ so we are better ballet instructors for our students. You are so gracious in your corrections. The words you choose and your tone of voice are very soothing and uplifting to the student— ‘you are the student, I know you can do this, and I’m going to show you how.’ I love way you break the movement into physics. I can correct someone, let them practice, and before they go home they have conquered their biggest fear such as turns. They get it!
— Lori Bickford, RNC, BSN, MS
Director of Services, Weston County Public Health, Newcastle, WY

"This video on Partnering is one of the most informative I have ever seen. I enjoyed the detailed explanations. It will be a great teaching aid for beginning partnering classes!" - Michelle Raider, Director, River City Youth Ballet, Elkview, WV

"I've never come across anything anywhere else like these videos. They're so unique; very informative, and so well put together! I especially loved The Nutcracker Pas de Deux. I hope you make some more of them." - Mike Gallay, Adult Student, Montreal, Quebec, Canada