Soutenu en tournant (aka soutenu) begins from an “open” position, such as pointe tendu devant, or arabesque. Soutenu en tournant should appear as though the weight is equally distributed between both legs and feet. However, the new front leg carries slightly less weight, which assists the transition of the turn to appear smooth. Always turn in the direction where your legs aren’t crossed. Example: If your right leg is in the front you’ll turn to the left.
To perform soutenu en tournant (en dedans):