or not. i must confess that when teaching class it’s extremely rare for me ask our students to reverse combinations. this is partially because i find it time consuming and i’m lucky if i can finish my class in the allotted 90 minutes as it is, and partially because i
hate don’t particularly very much really enjoy reversing combinations myself. i mean, simple combinations- fine, whatever- but when you have to remember to brisse to the back and pas de bourre over and sissone in the opposite direction than the way your body naturally wants to sissone….. it’s kind of a drag and possibly even counter-productive.
on the other hand it’s probably good for your brain and potentially helpful in training one to pick up choreography.
on the other other hand it seems to make dancers think so hard that they tense up a bit, start gripping their muscles and work incorrectly. (or is that just me?) ; )
and yet….. successfully executing a complicated reversed combination (like a petite allegro involving a temps de cuisse where the coupe’ foot goes back and you have to sissone towards the front foot, for example – eek) without gripping or looking like your brain hurts kind of makes you feel all proud of yourself and you almost want to fist pump the air or high five somebody. (or is that just me?)
okay, so i guess i’m a bit on the fence on this one. (and yet, to be honest, i still lean in the general direction of …. not reversing.)