En Avant and En Arriere

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.


Today we’re going to learn two terms that are often used in ballet.  They are “en avant” (ahn ah-vahn’) and “en arriere” (ahn ah-rehy’-her).

En avant means “to the front” and en arriere means “to the back”.  Lots of

ballet steps include the direction in which the foot moves and so these two

 terms are added on to the names of the ballet steps.

Now, when you see a ballet step with the words, “en avant” added to it, you will

 know you are to move forward or “to the front”.  When you see a ballet step

 with the words, “en arriere”, you know you are expected to move backwards or

 move your foot to the back.

There are other terms that are used to show how to perform the step.  We will

 talk about them later on.

Here is a video of a class showing a little bit of barre work and some of the steps

 in the center of the room.  These girls are really good ballet dancers!


Here is a picture for  you to color.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for  you

 and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you”.



I’m going to go practice my ballet steps now.  See you next week.





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