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Happy Easter!

Happy Easter to all my dancing friends!

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I hope you and your family have a wonderful Easter holiday.

Ask your mom or dad if it’s okay for you to color the picture below.

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You may need their help to print out the picture.

Don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”

I hope you’ll come back next week when we’ll learn more ballet.

In the meantime, please take a look at the website that has dance history books.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Review Port de Bras

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

Today we’re going to review the ballet movement called port de bras.

Below is the definition of port de bras from Vance’s Ballet Dictionary:

“1. How a dancer uses his arms. 2. Specific movements of the arms, as first port de bras, second port de bras, etc. 3. Sometimes used instead of cambré. A grand port de bras is a circular bend, either toward the barre, then down, then up away from the barre, and then backward and back toward the barre: or the same thing in the opposite direction.”

I found a video showing how a port de bras exercise is used in a ballet class.  Please click on the link below to open the video.

 

http://www.ehow.com/video_5197550_port-de-bras-_ballet-kids.html

After you watch and practice with the video, ask your mom or dad if you can color this ballet picture.

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You need help printing out the picture.  Ask your mom or dad to help and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank  you.”

I hope you’ll come back next week when we’ll practice more ballet.

Keep working on your port de bras!

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xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

 

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Books on the history of dance are available for young dancers to read yourself or with your mom or dad.  Please check out this website, http://www.healingtaichi.com 

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Back to the Barre!

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

If you’ve visited my blog before, you probably have already practiced some exercises at the barre.

If not, you’ll learn something else about ballet that you didn’t know before.

Here is the definition of the word “barre” from Vance’s Ballet Dictionary.

“The railing, about waist high, along the wall of a studio. Used by dancers as for steadying themselves in the first part of a class. 2. The first part of ballet class, consisting of exercises done with the aid of the barre.”

I found a video containing a lesson on ballet barre work.  You can just watch it or practice along with the girl in the video.

http://www.ehow.com/video_5362157_quick-easy-learn-dance-routines.html

After I practice the ballet movements in the video, I’m going to color the picture below:

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You may need help to print out the picture so you can color it.  Ask your mom or dad to help you and don’t forget to say “please” or “thank you.”

I hope you’ll come back next week so we can learn more ballet together.

See you then!

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xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

Ballet article for mom and dad:

http://mysylph.wordpress.com/2013/03/03/isadora-duncan-cont-part-34/

Please visit this website to find books about ballet history.

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Do You Know What a Retiré Is?

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

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

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

“A position in which the working foot is drawn up to the knee of the supporting leg. Also frequently (and incorrectly) called passé.”

I found a video of a ballet instructor teaching how to do a retiré.

Watch it a couple times and try to do what the student on the video is doing.

Please click on the link to see this video:

http://www.ehow.com/video_12250045_retire-step-ballet.html

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

Maybe you can, too but ask your mom or dad first.

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

See you then!

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Dance article for mom and dad:

http://classicalballetteacher.wordpress.com/2013/02/26/summer-intensive-handbook-on-sale/

Dance history books (ebooks) are available on my website.

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Let’s Practice the Glissade

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

I’m glad you came back to practice ballet with me.

Today we’re going to learn about the ballet step, the glissade.

Below is the definition of this step taken from Vance’s 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 video that explains how this step should be performed.  Please click on the link to open the video so you can practice along.

http://www.ehow.com/video_5362160_do-side-glide-dance-step.html

After I practice this step for awhile, I’m going to color the dance picture.

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Ask your mom or dad if you can too.  They may need to help you print it out.  Don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”

I hope you’ll come back next week to practice more ballet with me.

See you then.

mailbox_jp_If you would like to receive each new post for this blog, please ask your mom or dad to help you fill out your email address in the box at the bottom of this page.

Here is an article about dance that your parents might find interesting:

http://eauclaireschoolofdance.wordpress.com/2013/02/21/is-dance-for-me/

Check out books for adults and children including books about dance at Healing Tai Chi.

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Let’s Review the Relevé

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

It’s nice to see you.

Today we’re going to talk about the ballet step, relevé.

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

“A movement in which the heels are raised off the floor. The rise may be smooth or aided by a slight spring, depending on the school. A dancer in such a position is said to be ‘in relevé‘.”

Please check out the video in which a ballet teacher demonstrates this step.

http://www.ehow.com/video_2374573_do-releve-ballet-dancing.html

Ask your mom or dad if you can color the picture below when you’re finished practicing the relevé.

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It will need to be printed out so ask someone to help you and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”

I hope you’ll come back next week to learn more about ballet.  See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

Informative article for mom and dad:

http://dance.about.com/od/youngdancers/p/Child_Dance.htm

Below are a couple books you might like to read:

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http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-dancing-king-cynthia-quarta/1112754575?ean=2940015111392

My blog is sponsored by Healing Tai Chi .