July 19, 2016

The physics of the Black Swan's fouetté, the “hardest move” in ballet

In the third act of "Swan Lake", the Black Swan pulls off a seemingly endless series of turns, bobbing up and down on one pointed foot and spinning around and around and around... thirty-two times. How is this move, which is called a fouetté, even possible? Arleen Sugano unravels the physics of this famous ballet move.

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