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Let’s Practice a Tombé

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

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

Tombé means “fallen” and that’s kinda what we do in this movement as long as we don’t fall all the way over!

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

“A movement in which the dancer extends the working leg and falls onto it in plié.”

I couldn’t find any good pictures of a dancer performing a tombé but I did find a video that I think will help us as we try to learn how to do this step.

After I practice the tombé, I’m going to color the picture below.

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

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

I hope  you’ll come back next week when we’ll talk about more ballet steps.

See you then!

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xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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

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Let’s Practice a Sissone!

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

Today we’re going to learn about the ballet movement called “sissone”.

Below is the definition of “sissone” as given in Vance’s Ballet Dictionary:

“In sissonne simple, the most elementary form, the movement begins in 5th position. Jump straight up, with the legs together and the feet pointed. Land on one foot in demi-plié, with the other foot sur le cou-de-pied either in front or back (corresponding to whether the foot sur le cou-de-pied began in front or back–it does not change).”

I found a video that shows how to perform the sissone.

That man sure is a wonderful dancer, isn’t he?

After I practice the sissone, I’m going to sit down and color the picture below:

 

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 when we’ll learn about more ballet steps.

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.

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

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What Is a Soutenu?

 

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to talk about the “soutenu”.

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

“(a) Performed smoothly and slowly. (b) Also used to indicate a smooth détourné. For (a), can be: where from 5th position, the working leg is taken out to the front, 2nd position, or to the back, while the supporting leg is lowered to demi-plié. Then the supporting leg rises to demi or full pointe while the working leg is drawn into it, ending in a tight sus-sous position.”

The following video shows how the “soutenu” is used when performing turns.

Now you try it.  Don’t forget to “spot” so you won’t get dizzy when you turn.

After I practice my soutenu turns, I’m going to color this picture:

Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you and don”t forget to say “please” and “thank you”.

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.

Another link to information for mom and dad:  

http://eauclaireschoolofdance.wordpress.com/2012/03/01/costumes-costumes-costumes-keeping-costume-day-drama-free/#more-337

I hope you’ll come back next week when we’ll talk some more about ballet

See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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

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What is Spotting? How Will It Help Me?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to talk about “spotting“.

 Spotting is a method that dancers use to keep from getting dizzy when they’re doing turns.

Below is the definition of spotting from Vance’s Fabulous Ballet Dictionary.

“A technique for for keeping oriented and avoiding dizziness during turns. Pick a spot (some conspicuous object); keep looking at it as you turn until you can’t any longer; then quickly turn your head so you are looking at it again.”

Below is a video of a ballerina demonstrating how “spotting” works.  I hope it will help you to understand how to prevent dizziness when you practice your pirouettes or chaîné turns.

After you practice spotting  with some ballet turns, you can color the picture.

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!

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.

Another link with information for your mom and dad:

http://eauclaireschoolofdance.wordpress.com/2012/02/16/hydration-citation-are-you-drinking-enough-water/

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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

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What Is a Temps Levé?

 

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

I’m happy to see you.

Today, we’re going to learn about a ballet step called a temps levé.

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

“Temps levé is the very simplest jump from one foot onto the same foot with the other foot raised.”

Here is a picture of dancers performing a chassé temps levé:

Maybe this video will help you to understand this ballet step better.  Please click on the link to open the video.

http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-do-temps-leve

After I finish practicing my  temps levé, I’m going to color the ballet picture.

Ask your mom or dad to print out the picture for you.

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

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.

A link just for mom and dad:

http://eauclaireschoolofdance.wordpress.com/2012/02/09/dance-and-gymnastics-the-importance-of-cross-training/

I hope you’ll come back next week.

See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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