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What Does “Allegro” Mean?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to talk about the term “allegro” (ah-leh-groh) as it is used in ballet.

Allegro means “fast”.   It is the third part of ballet class.

This is the time when ballet students practice fast turns and big and small jumps.  My brother, Mortimer, loves this part of the class.  He is such a show off!!

Below is a video of older girls in a ballet class practicing the allegro portion of their class.

After you finish practicing your steps ask your mom or dad to print out the picture below for you.

I know you remembered to say “please” and “thank you”.

 I’ll be back next week with more ballet terms and steps.  I hope you’ll come back to visit.

See you soon.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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What is “Adage” in Ballet?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

For the next couple blogs we will be learning some ballet terms.

 

Today’s term is “adage” (ah-dazj).

 

This is the definition from the wonderful website, http://www.theatredance.com/balletterm1.html:

 

“adage [Italian adagio: “at ease”]. The second part of a ballet class: slow work with emphasis on sustained positions and on balance.”

 

Click on the video below to watch a men’s class performing the adagio part of their ballet class:

 

 

My brother Mortimer thinks he dances just like them.  I don’t think so!

 

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

 

I know you remembered to say “please” and “thank  you”.

 

Please come back next week.  We’ll be learning another ballet term.

 

See you then. 

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

 

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Let’s Practice the Bourrée

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today we’re going to practice the ballet step called “bourrée” (boo-ray).

 

We will begin in fifth position…

 

 

Now, releve.  

 Remember what that word means?  

It means to rise up onto the ball of your foot or, if you’re wearing pointe shoes, to rise up onto the ends of your toes.

 

Now that you are standing on the balls of your feet, move the front foot forward a little bit then slide your back foot close to your front one.  Keep taking these little steps forward.

 

This step can also be performed moving backwards and to either side.

 

Look at this video so you’ll understand this step better:

 

 

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’m going to go practice my bourrées.

 

See you next week!

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse