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Ballet Barres

Welcome back to my blog!

Today we’re going to learn about ballet barres.

Dancers use barres when they warm up.  Barres are used to keep your balance and so you have something to stretch your leg on.

Here is a picture of children using a barre:

Here’s a picture of a ballet dancer using the barre to stretch her muscles:

Here’s a video of some barre exercises:

Ask your mom or dad to print out this picture for you to color.

(don’t forget to say “thank you”)

Please come back next week.  We are going to talk about a ballet exercise called a “plie“(pleeay).

x0x0x0,

MilliMouse

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Pointe/Toe Shoes

Hi! It’s me again, Millicent Mouse

 

Welcome to my blog

 

This week we’re going to talk about pointe or toe shoes.

 

When you are old enough and strong enough, your ballet teacher may allow you to dance en pointe.

I can’t wait!  I want to dance on my toes like a prima ballerina.

Here is a picture of a lady on toe (pointe) shoes:

 

 

Doesn’t she look beautiful? 

 

 Here is a picture of the first ballerina to wear toe shoes when she danced:

Her name was Maria Taglioni and she lived a long, long time ago.

 

Here’s a video of a woman dancing on toe shoes in a competition:

 

I practice ballet every day so I can dance like the lady on the video some day.

 

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Have your mom or dad print out this picture for you so you can color it:

 

http://www.coloring.ws/t.asp?b=m&t=http://www.coloring.ws/sports/ballet/10.gif

 

Please come back next week.  We are going to talk about ballet barres.

 

xxxooo,

MilliMouse

 

 

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Ballet Slippers

 

 

Hi! It’s MilliMouse again.

 

I’m glad you came back to visit me.

 

Today we’re going to talk about ballet slippers.

Just about everybody who takes ballet classes wears slippers — even boys.

They all look pretty much the same just different colors or sizes.

(My brother has reeeeally big feet!)

 

Here’s what ballet slippers look like.

We sew elastic on our slippers so they don’t fall off while we’re dancing. 

Here’s a place where your mom can find out how to sew the elastic on for you:

http://www.ehow.com/how_5085566_attach-elastic-ballet-shoes.html

 

 

Here’s a video for you.  It’s children dancing Snow White.  Hope you like it. 

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Ask your mom or dad to help you print out this picture so you can color it:

http://afunk.com/various/index12.html

 

Next week we’ll talk about pointe shoes.

I hope you’ll come back.

 

xxxooo,

MilliMouse

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Ballet Attire for Boys and Girls

(My picture by Mr. Dan Gross)

Welcome back to my blog!

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Today we’re going to talk about what boys and girls wear in dance class.

 

This is what boys wear:

 

(boys – like my brother, Mortimer – wear t-shirts and tights

 

This is what I wear in class:

 Big girls and little girls wear a leotard and tights.

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Here is another video for you to watch.  Ask  your mom or dad to watch it with you.

 

 

Here is another picture for you to color.  These girls are taking a ballet class:

http://www.kidsexercise.co.uk/beautiful-ballerina-colouring-picture.html

 

Next week, we’re going to talk about ballet slippers.  I hope you can come back.

 

oooxxx,

MilliMouse