Ballet Tour De Reins
Tour de reins [ toor duh ren]. Turn of the back. This is a series of coupe- jete en tournant done en manege. Dancer contracts his back muscles and leans toward the centre of the circle at an acute angle. The angle is obtained through the speed and continuity of the step which demands good elevation and a well-arched back. The tempo has an unusual accent and the step actually becomes jete-coupe instead of coupe-jete. The jete is performed in attitude or arabesque.