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Happy Halloween!

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

It’s almost Halloween.

I’m going to dress up as a ballerina.

What are you going to wear?

I found a Halloween poem.  I hope you like it.

The witches fly
Across the sky,
The owls go, “Who? Who? Who?”
The black cats yowl
And green ghosts howl,
“Scary Halloween to you!”

~Nina Willis Walter~

Here is a Halloween 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”.

 

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I’m going to try on my Halloween costume now.

I’ll see you next week.  ‘Bye for now.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Practice the Ballet Step “En Croix”

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today we’re going to learn the ballet step called “en croix”.

 

Below is the definition of this step from Vance’s Fantastic Ballet Dictionary:

 “Usually applied to exercises at the barre: the exercise is done first with the working leg moving to the front, then to the side, then to the back, and then to the (same) side again.”

 

The picture below might give you an idea of how the step might look away from the barre:

 

 

I think the video I found will help you to understand this barre exercise called “en croix”.  Take a look.

 

 

I found another picture for us to color after we practice our barre exercise. 

Ask your mom or dad to print it out for  you.

 

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

 

I’m going to go practice my tendu en croix now.

I’ll see you next week.

 

You will come back, won’t you?  I sure hope so.

You can subscribe to my blog if you’d like to and your mom and dad say it’s okay.

Just click on the “subscribe” button in the right-hand column near the top of the page and fill out the form. 

You’ll get each new blog post right in your email inbox.

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Practice Chaîné Turns!

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

It’s so nice to see you again.

 

Today, we’re going to practice chaîné turns.

 

Here’s the definition of these turns from Vance’s Fantastic BALLET DICTIONARY:

 

“chaîné turns. Short for tours chaînées déboulés, “chained, rolling turns.” Fast turns on half or full point with the legs in a tight first position, rotating a half turn on one foot and the other half on the other foot. Done one after the other so they’re “chained” together.”

 

Here’s a video of a dancer demonstrating a series of chaîné turns.

(Mom or dad, there is an ad for a movie rated R before the ballet video begins.  Please check it out before your child turns on the video)

 

 

 

 

Now, you try it.  Make sure you have plenty of room so you don’t run into anything or trip.

 

After you’ve practiced your chaîné turns, below is a picture for you to color: 

 

 

Please come back next week.  We’ll learn some more ballet terms and steps.

See you then.

 If you’d like to subscribe to my blog, please click on the subscription button at the top of the right hand column.  You will receive each new post right in your mail box

 

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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What is a Cambré?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

I’m so happy to see you again.

Today we’re going to learn about the ballet term, “cambré” (cahm-bray).

This word means to bend either forward or backward like when you bow or do a port de bras (pohr-duh-brah).

Below is a picture of a dancer performing a port de bras that looks a bit like a bow.  He is leaning over so we could say he is also performing a cambré.

Below is a video of a ballerina performing a port de bras.  Because she leans forward and back, she can be said to be also performing a cambré.

I’m going to go practice now.

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” to your mom and dad or whoever printed out the picture for you.

Please come back next week when we will talk about other ballet terms and movements.

See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse