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What is a Balançoire?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

It’s nice to see you again.

Today we’re going to learn about the ballet step called a “balançoire” (bah – lahn – swahr).

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

“The dancer swings the working leg vigorously back and forth between fourth position front and fourth back, through first position. Unlike grand battements en cloche, balançoires do not require that the body be held straight.”

I found a video that might explain the movement better.  Take a look.

After I practice the balancoire, I’m going to color the ballet 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 when we will learn about another ballet step.

See you then!

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A link with information for mom and dad:

http://eauclaireschoolofdance.wordpress.com/2012/03/30/competition-season-preparing-your-dancer-for-success/

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 the Sauté

 

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to learn how to do a sauté.

Below is a drawing of a dancer performing a sauté.

Vance’s Ballet Dictionary defines saute as a leap and as one of Noverre’s Seven Movements.

Now you try it.

After I practice the sauté, I’m going to color the ballet picture I found.

 

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

Please come back next week.  We’ll learn more ballet steps 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’s blog is sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

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What is a Soubresaut?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

It’s nice to see you again.

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

This is not a step that we will learn when we first start taking ballet but I like to look ahead and imagine myself performing more advanced steps.

Below is the definition from Vance’s Ballet Dictionary.

“A jump from both feet to both feet. Beginning in 5th croisé, the feet push off the floor so that the body flies forward with feet pointed and legs together. Before the jump, the body inclines forward, and then during the jump bends forcefully back, so that the legs remain at the back. The movement ends in 5th croisé. The arms are free and depend only on the design of what is being sought after; when studying, they usually begin in preparatory, come up to first during the jump, and end in preparatory again.”

Here is a drawing of the proper execution of the soubresaut:

 

I found a video showing how to go about learning the proper performance of a soubresaut.  Please click on the link below to open the video lesson.

http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-do-a-soubresaut

I’m going to sit on the floor and practice putting my legs close together and positioning my feet so that I look like I have one foot but two heels.  Hmmm.

Below is a ballet picture to color.  Please click on the link below to open the picture.

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

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 learn about another new ballet step.

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

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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter!

I hope you find lots and lots of eggs (and maybe some candy, too) at the Easter Egg Hunt.

Here’s an Easter picture to color:

 

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

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

See you then!

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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