The duration of “spotting” of the classical ballet pirouette

  • Carolina Komiyama Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil. - carolkomiyama@hotmail.com
  • Renata Denardi Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil
  • Carlos B. de Mello Monteiro Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil
  • Umberto Cesar Correa Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP, Brasil.
Keywords: Pirouette, Balance, spoting, vestibular system

Abstract

The objective of this research was to investigate the “spotting” of the classical ballet pirouette based on the number of pirouettes and their durations. The participants were professional dancers - men (n = 18) and women (n = 18). The task was to do one, two and three pirouettes in sets of three trials. The pirouettes were analyzed based on the duration in seconds of one, two and three pirouettes and on “spotting”. The results showed that: (a) the duration of one and two pirouettes were shorter than of three pirouettes, (b) the time of the “spotting” in one pirouette was significantly higher than the time of the “spotting” in two and three pirouettes and that the average of “spotting” in two pirouettes was higher than the average of “spotting” in three pirouettes, (c) the time of the “spotting” in one pirouette was the longest one and the time of the second the “spotting” in three pirouettes was lower than the others, (d) for the faster pirouettes, the time of the “spotting” in three pirouettes was different from the others.

 

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