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Today we’re going to review and practice the rond de jambe.
Below is the definition of this step from Vance’s Ballet Dictionary:
“A movement in which the working leg is made to describe a letter D about the supporting leg. May be done with the working foot on the floor or in the air. In a rond de jambe en dehors (“outward”) on the floor, the working leg moves from first (or fifth) position to pointe tendu forward, makes a half circle to pointe tendu in back, and then returns to first, if the rond de jambe is to be repeated, and otherwise to first or fifth. A wonderful exercise for turnout. In a rond de jambe en dedans (“inward”), the direction of movement is reversed. In a demi rond de jambe, the working leg goes only half-way around, stopping in second position. A grand rond de jambe, is executed with the supporting leg in plié. A rond de jambe en l’air (“in the air”) is done with the working leg raised off the floor, frequently at an angle of 90 degrees (parallel to the floor).”
I found a video that shows how to do this step.
(Unfortunately, the name of the step is spelled wrong. Did you notice?)
Please click on the link below to open the video:
Ask your mom or dad to print out the picture so you can color it – after you practice your rond de jambe, of course.
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