ABC of ballet: The Fred Step
The Fred Step, a delightfully idiosyncratic sequence beloved of Sir Frederick Ashton.
The Fred Step
Fred step: A signature step of Sir Frederick Ashton. Ashton put this distinctive dance into many of his works, like a lucky charm. The basic sequence is a coupé over and under, with a petit devéloppé, pas de bourée, and pas de chat. (Don’t worry if you can’t follow ballet terminology; all is demonstrated in our film below – and many more basic terms are coming soon to this series.)
Ashton said he first saw the step in Anna Pavlova’s Gavotte. Look out for it, for example, in Act I of Cinderella, where the dancing master teaches the step to the Ugly Sisters, and Cinderella later copies it herself.
ABC of ballet: This is the first in a new series of posts, explaining useful ballet terms.