Failli – Definition, Tips, Videos, etc
It is Tuesday again and time for me to introduce a new ballet term. How did you like our last week’s Tuesday Ballet Term article Frappé? This week’s ballet term is Failli.
Translation: To nearly fall
Category: Connecting Step
- Failli is a movement that has the body supported on one leg, lean off-balance, then quickly pass the other leg in a given direction and catch the fall.
- In this move, the dancer springs into the air, landing on the front foot with the back foot raised. The back foot then slides through to the front. During the spring the body is turned slightly inwards towards the front foot with the face turned away.
Ballet Videos with Faille – Here are a couple of videos that show dancers performing this fleeting movement done on one count.
Here is a video of myself learning faili for the first time:
3 Tips on How to Improve your Failli – Failli is done as a continuation step into other step; I am sharing few tips that I feel might me useful in learning and improving this move:
- Failli should be done on one count as this move is supposed to have a certain characteristic fleeting air about it.
- Proper Failli can be achieved only with the correct accompaniments of the arms. There should be no underscored movement and the arms should move softly as if they are moving spontaneously.
- The final pose of Failli can also serve as a preparation from the 4th position for turns or for some other movement.
What is your experience with Failli? How easy or tough do you find it compared to other connecting steps? You are most welcome to share your tips and experiences with this move!