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What is a Ballotté?

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

Today we’re going to learn about ballottés (bah-luh-tay).

A ballotté is a jump from one foot or both feet.  The word means to “throw about”.

Below is a photo of a dancer performing a jump:

He really jumps high, doesn’t he?

I like this video.  I hope you do, too.

Rochelle is a beautiful ballerina!

I had better go practice if I’m ever going to be as good as she is.

When you’ve finished your ballet practice, you can color the picture I found.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you”.

I hope you’ll come back next week.  See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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What Does “Balancé” Mean?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

This week we’re going to  talk about the ballet term “balancé” (bah-lahn-say).

The word itself means to “rock” or “to swing”.

There are several ways a dancer can rock or swing, of course, as long as the movement is graceful!

 

Below is a video of dancers using a balancé combined with pirouettes: 

I found another picture for us to color.  I hope you like it.

Please click on the link below to open the picture.

Then ask your mom or dad to print it out for you and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you”.

http://national.ballet.ca/pdf/education/cinderellaColouringSheet.pdf

Please come back next week when we’ll learn another ballet term or step.  See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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What Does Allongé Mean?

Hi! Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today we’re going to find out what the ballet term “allongé (aa-lohn-jay)” means.

 

Allongé means to stretch out or make longer.

 

For example. when we are doing an arabesque, we want the leg that is up in the air to look as long and stretched out as possible.

 

Look at the picture below to see how the dancer’s leg is stretched out:

 

 

Boy, this girl’s legs are really long!

 

I’m just a little mouse so mine are kinda short. 

I have to work really hard to stretch my leg out.

 

I bet you do, too.

Here’s a video for you to watch:

 

Below is a picture for you to color after you practice your allongé.

Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you.   Don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you”.

 

 

 

Looks a little bit like me, doesn’t it?

 

Please come back to visit next week.  We’ll talk about more ballet stuff.

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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What Does “Ballon” Mean?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today we’re going to learn about the ballet term “ballon” (bah-lahn).

Ballon is when dancers jump so high in the air and stay there so long that they appear to be flying.

 

Below is a video of a young dancer learning how to do a grand jete.  The more she practices, the higher her jump will be and the more “ballon” she will be able to achieve.

 

 

I found a picture of a famous male ballet dancer.  His name is Mikhail Baryshnikov.

 

Now that’s ballon! 

 

I’m coloring a dance picture today.

 

Here’s a copy for you to color, too. 

 

 Ask your mom or dad to print out the picture for you.  Don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you”.

 

I’m going to go practice some jumps now.

 

I hope you’ll come back next week.  See you then!

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Happy Labor Day!

H!  Welcome back to my blog.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

I’ll see you next week with more ballet terms and steps.

See you then.

In the meantime, here’s a picture for you to color.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you.  You did say “please” and “thank you”, didn’t you?