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A Child’s Memorial Day Poem

Memorial Day
© 2001 Tim F., 3rd Grader, Academy Elementary School, Madison, Connecticut.
I think about the people that fought in the wars,
some have died to keep us free.

I think about the men and women,
Who saved lives on land and at sea.

I look at the monuments,
In memory of the brave.

I help plant red flowers
At my grandfather’s grave.

At the parade, I see flags flying,
Red, white and blue.

I watch rows of different uniforms,
Navy, white and brown too.

The soldiers salute with pride.

Memorial Day remembers and honors
those who have died.

I’ll be back next week with more ballet steps, videos and pictures to color.  See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Practice Tendues

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to review the lesson we learned before about the ballet step called “tendue”.

Tendue  is a ballet step in which the toe is pointed and the leg is fully extended out to the front, the side or the back.

Below is a picture of some young dancers performing a tendue:

Now, you try it.  Can you tell me which position they are in?

If you said “second position”, you are correct and you get a gold star!

Here is a video of the snowflake dance from The Nutcracker.  These dancers are grown-ups and they are professional dancers.  I sure hope I can dance like they do someday (sigh!).

I found another 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 tendue.  See you next week.

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Review Fifth Position

 

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to talk about fifth position arms and feet.  It’s been awhile since we looked at pictures of ballet students demonstrating the fifth position in ballet.  Below is a picture of a student holding her arms in fifth position en haute which means to hold your arms in fifth position over your head.

Here is a student holding her arms in 5th position en bas.  This means holding your arms in a low 5th position.

 

The ballerina above is standing in fifth position also but here is a bigger picture of the proper positioning of the feet.

Now, you try it.  Remember you will need to learn both the fifth position arms en bas and en haute.

 

I found another picture for you to color.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you.  don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”  Click on the link below and it will open in a new window.

 

http://www.coloring-pages.org/cinderella/samples/28.pdf

 

I’m going to go practice my foot and arm positions now.  See you next week.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Review Fourth Position

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to review what we’ve learned about the fourth ballet position for arms and feet.

 

Here is a picture of a ballerina in the fourth position for arms.

This ballerina has one arm over her head and the elbow is nice and rounded.  Her other arm is rounded, too, but is in front of her lower chest.  Now you try it.  Look at yourself in the mirror to see if you have your arms positioned correctly.

 

Here is a picture of the fourth position for your feet.

 

Both feet are turned out.  One foot is directly in front of the other.  Look in the morror again to see if your feet look like the picture.

 

 

 

I found another picture for you to color.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you.  As always, don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”

 

 

Please come back next week.  We’re going to talk about fifth ballet position for arms and feet.

 

See you then.

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse