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More Pliés to Practice!

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

In case you missed it before, below is a definition of the ballet exercise called “pliés” from Vance’s Ballet Dictionary.

plié [“bent”]. Knee bends, done with the legs turned out. Normally the first exercise in a ballet class. Demi-plié [“half-bent”] is a shallow bend (in all positions but second, as far down as you can go without lifting the heels off the floor); grand plié [“big plié”] is a deep bend, down to where the thighs are almost horizontal. In all positions except second, the heels release from the floor in a grand plié.

I found another video showing pliés as practiced in the middle of the room (au milieu).

After I practice my pliés, I’m going to color the picture below:

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Ask your mom or dad to help you print out the picture so you can color it.
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!

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Here’s an article about ballet for mom and dad:  :  http://mysylph.wordpress.com/2013/05/05/turn-out-injuries-hips-knees-and-feet-the-importance-of-not-overtraining-crosstraining-and-specifically-strengthening-the-opposing-sides/

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Let’s Practice Demi and Grand Plies!

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to learn about and practice demi and grand plies.

Below is the definition of both small and large plies from Vance’s Ballet Dictionary:

“plié [“bent”]. Knee bends, done with the legs turned out. Normally the first exercise in a ballet class. Demi-plié [“half-bent”] is a shallow bend (in all positions but second, as far down as you can go without lifting the heels off the floor); grand plié [“big plié”] is a deep bend, down to where the thighs are almost horizontal. In all positions except second, the heels release from the floor in a grand plié.”

Now, let’s take a look at a teaching video to help us practice our plies properly.

I found a picture for us to color after we practice our plies.

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Ask your mom or dad to help you print out the picture and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”
I hope you’ll come back next week when we will practice more ballet.
See you then!

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Article for mom and dad: 

http://balletscoop.com/2013/05/04/dancewear-en-lair-elastic-pointe-shoe-ribbons/

Don’t forget about the books on the history of ballet for you to read by yourself or with your mom and dad…

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Please click on either of the book covers above to find out more and to buy.

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More ballet for Us to Practice Together

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

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

Below is a video of children practicing their ballet.  Watch the video and try to follow along.  I’m going to practice with the video, too.

Please click on the click to open the video ballet lesson.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKBWzyZ1yU4

After I practice the steps shown on the video, I’m going to color a ballet picture.

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Ask your mom or dad if you can color the picture, too.  Ask for help to print out the picture and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”

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

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Here is an article for mom and dad to read:

http://mysylph.wordpress.com/2013/04/25/how-to-do-pirouettes-to-be-or-not-to-be-on-the-leg/

If you’d like to learn about the history of ballet, please check out these books:

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Let’s Practice Ballet at the Barre and Au Milieu

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

I’m very glad you came back to visit.  If you’re a new guest, welcome!

Below is a video of several ballet movements both at the barre and in the center.

Watch each section, pause the video and practice the movements.  You may have to watch the video several times in order to learn each of the steps.

After you practice, ask your mom or dad if you can print out the picture and color it.

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Article for mom and dad:

http://mysylph.wordpress.com/2013/05/01/what-was-that-combination/

Please check out this website for books on the history of ballet that you and read by yourself or with your parents.

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Come Practice Ballet with Me

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

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

Today, we’re going to work on proper alignment of the body with the following video:

After you practice along with the video, ask your mom or dad if they will help you print out the picture.

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

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

See you then.

mailbox_jp_If you’d like to subscribe to my blog, ask your mom or dad to help you fill out the form at the top of the right-hand column.

Dance article for mom or dad:  http://dance.about.com/od/getstarteddancing/p/Young_Dancers.htm

Please visit our website for books on the history of dance for young dancers.

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