My ballet school's next performance will not be a famous ballet, so in stead of 'having' to dance a solo from paquita, I can choose my own music this year. My teacher will then create something that's really 'me', so I could choose a famous variation and do something completely different from the original choreography if I wanted too.
I would really like to do something a bit different this time, so I was thinking of the cancan from Gaîté Parisienne, the very lively and uptempo one minute version. I'm not the adagio type and I think my jumps lack a bit of power, but my teacher likes my pirouettes, my legs go really high and you can tell I really love to be on stage, so this might be a good choice.
But I was wondering... I've never seen a performance of Gaîté Parisienne, but I can imagine this is the piece where all the girls dance together, so wouldn't it be strange to dance a solo on this music? The stage would probably seem so empty... I'd love to know what other students, teachers or ballet-lovers think.
I also don't really know what steps are common for this music (a lot of skirt lifting (is this a 'must'?) and leg throwing i presume, but what else?) and what the right outfit would be (http://www.shomler.com/dance/gaite/gaite96.htm
: I'm guessing it would be the type worn by the girls who are lifting their skirt, but would other styles work too, and can a dance like this be done on pointe?), so all information would be very much appreciated.
And of course, if anyone can think of an other piece of music that might be right for me, please tell me!
P.s.: Sorry if some of this isn't clear, I'm still working on my English.