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Happy New Year!

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

I hope you and your family a very happy New Year.

Have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet?

Here are my New Years resolutions:

1.  Work harder in school and listen to my teachers.

2.  Practice my ballet steps every day.

3.  Listen to my mom and dad and help around the house.

4.  Stop fighting with my brother Mortimer.  (This one is going to be hard!)

5.  Be kind to everyone I meet.

Below is a video to watch.  It’s the Little Mermaid!

Now we can color a picture from the movie, Little Mermaid:

The Little Mermaid coloring picture

I hope you’ll come back next week.  We’ll learn and practice more ballet steps.

See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

(sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

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Merry Christmas!

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

I hope you and your family have a very Merry Christmas.

 

Below is a picture for  you to color (when you’re not wrapping presents for your family and friends):

 

 

I just love the Nutcracker ballet!  I hope you’ll enjoy watching it again this year:

 

I’ll be back again next week.  I hope you’ll come back, too.

 

See you then.

 (Millicent’s blog is sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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What is a Glissade?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

I’m so happy to see you again.

 

Today we’re going to learn about the ballet step called “glissade”.

 

This is the definition of “glissade” from Vance’s Fantastic Ballet Dictionary:

“A connecting step. Start in plié; move the right foot out to pointe tendu; then move onto that leg, closing the left foot and landing in plié. Can be done in any direction.”

 

I found a very good video of a ballet class learning how to do a glissade properly. 

 

 

Do you remember what the word “devant” means?  If not, go back through the previous posts to find this word. 

Or…you can go to Vance’s dictionary (see the link above) to find out what that word means.

 

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

 

ballet color page

 

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

 

I’m going to go practice my glissades now.

I hope you’ll come back next week.

 

See you then!

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Practice the Grand Battement

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to learn how to do a grand battement.

You can tell from the name of this ballet step what the step looks like, can’t you?

The French word “grand” means “big” and the word “battement” means to extend and return (or “beat”) the leg so this step will involve a kick of the leg.

Here is a picture of a dancer performing a grand battement:

Wow!  She is really good, isn’t she?

Below is a video of a student practicing her grand battement.  I hope you enjoy it.

 

I’m going to go practice my grand battement now.

After I practice, I’m going to color the picture I found.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you so you can color the picture too.

 

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

See you next week when we’ll talk about more ballet steps.

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xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

(Millicent Mouse is sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

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What is a Détourné?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

I’m happy to see you again.

Today we’re going to learn what a détourné (deh-toor-neh) is.

Vance’s Fantastic Ballet Dictionary defines it this way: “A smooth turn made by pivoting on the toes in relevé.”

Below is a funny drawing of stick figures to show how the turn is done:

 We would probably first learn how to do a détourné in the center of the room.

While I was looking for a video of students practicing détournés, I found one of boys and girls doing much more difficult combinations of steps in the center of their practice room.  I like watching it.  I hope you will, too.

These students are much older and a lot more advanced than I am but someday I sure hope I can dance like they do!

Below is a funny ballet picture for us to color after we finish practicing our ballet steps.

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

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

You can subscribe to my blog if you’d like 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

( Millicent Mouse is sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)