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Let’s Practice the Developpé

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today, we’re going to learn about a ballet step called “developpé”.

 

A  developpé is a movement in which the working leg is drawn up to the knee of the supporting leg and from there smoothly out to a position in the air.

 

Here is a picture of a dancer completing a developpé into second position. 

 

Of course, a person (or mouse) would have to be pretty strong to get her leg that high!

 

I found a video that shows how to do this step.

 

These girls are doing a developpé to second position and to the arabesque position.  Did you recognize the positions?

 

Here is a picture for you to color:

 

Ask your mom or dad to print out the picture for you.  I know you remembered to say “please” and “thank  you”. 

 

Please come back next week.  We’ll talk about some more ballet steps.

 

See you soon.

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

 

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Let’s Practice Echappés!

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

This week. we’re going to review (and practice!) the ballet step called “échappé”.

This word is pronounced, ay’-shah-pay’.

This is a step in which we jump out from fifth position to second position and then back again.

This step can be practiced at the barre with just a little jump or in the middle of the room with a bigger jump.

I don’t know exactly what the teacher is saying because I don’t speak her language.

  But the échappé is the same step we do in our ballet classes.

 Isn’t that wonderful?

  We could go anywhere in the whole world and the steps would be the same and the names of those steps would also be the same.  Wow!

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

I didn’t know flamingos could dance!  Did you?

I’m going to practice the  échappé now.

Please come back to see me next week.  ‘Bye.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Practice the Assemblé!

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today, we’re going to talk about the ballet step called “assemblé”.

 

The picture below shows the individual steps of the assemblé (sissone ouverte).

 

Now you try it.

  The video below may help too.

 

I found another picture for you to color.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you.

 

Did you remember to say “please” and “thank you”?  I’m sure you did.

 

I’m going to color my picture now.  I hope you’ll come back next week so we can talk some more about ballet.

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse 

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Let’s Review the Frappé

 

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today, we’re going to review the ballet step called “frappé” .

A frappé is a quick action with the working leg.

 

Below is a picture of a dancer performing a frappé :

An easy way to try it is to start in first position.

  Brush your foot quickly out to the side (to second position).

  Then, return your foot to your ankle and then brush your foot out again very fast and then return your foot to your ankle.

Below is a video showing a ballerina doing a frappé  slowly so you can see each part of the step:

 

 

Now, you try it.

Good job!

 

I found another picture for you to color. 

Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you if you have finished practicing your frappé

 

 

Did you remember to say “please” and “thank you”?

 

See you next week.  Don’t forget to practice the frappé  and all the other ballet steps, too!

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse