i agree with the second answer. because you really do need to be able to balance for 10 seconds. but also you need to, when you are balanced, have your hips right over your foot. trust me, that causes you to go off balance. i was like that for about all of the first year i tried pirouette. i kept falling off balance but since i got that right, i have been able to do a single, a double, and kind of a triple pirouette.