Let’s Practice the Petit Battement

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I’m happy to see you.


Today we’re going to talk about the ballet step called “petit  battement”.


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

“An exercise for speed and agility in the lower leg. In the starting position, the working leg is sur le cou-de-pied. It opens in the direction of 2nd position but only half way, as the leg does not fully extend at the knee. The working leg then closes to sur le cou-de-pied opposite of where it started (in back if it started in front and vice versa). The knee and thigh stay in the same place and do not move during the process. “


Here is a drawing of how the step is done.



Maybe this video will help you better understand how the step is done when practiced at the barre:


After I practice my petit battement for a while, I’m going to color this picture.




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



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I hope you’ll come back to my blog next week when we’ll talk about more ballet steps.  See you then.







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




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