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Happy Labor Day!

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

Millicent

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

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Below is a picture for you to color.  No ballet lesson this week, though.

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I hope you’ll come back next week when we’ll have a new ballet lesson to work on.

See you then.

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Below are a couple books on the history of ballet you might like to read.  Click on the covers to get more information and to buy.

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More Ballet to Practice – Fondu

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Millicent

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

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

“Any movement that lowers the body by bending one leg. In a plié, both legs support the body; in a fondu, only one leg supports the body.”

Check out the video showing how to do a fondu.  Please click on the link to view the video.

http://www.howcast.com/videos/497191-How-to-Do-a-Fondu-Ballet-Dancing

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

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Don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”
I hope you’ll come back next week when we’ll learn more ballet.
See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Below are books about the history of dance that you might like to read.
Click on the book covers to get more information and to buy:

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More Ballet to Practice – Pas de Bourree

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

Millicent

Today we’re going to learn how to do a pas de bourree.

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

“This term has at least two meanings. 1. One of the simplest connecting steps, used to link other steps in a combination. The commonest form is probably the pas de bourrée dessous. Assume your right foot is in front: left foot on half pointe; step on it and put your weight on it; move the right foot to the side, transfer your weight to it (also in relevé); move the left foot to the front of the right and put your weight on both feet in a plié. 2. (properly called pas de bourrée couru, “running pas de bourrée”). A gliding movement by a dancer on pointe consisting of many very small steps taken with the feet close together. When a dancer uses bourrée as a verb (“Then you bourrée downstage”), she usually means pas de bourrée couru.”

Wow!  What a long definition.  Maybe the video below will help us to understand what this step should look like.  Please click on the link to open the video lesson.

http://www.howcast.com/videos/495323-How-to-Do-a-Pas-de-Bourree-Ballet-Dancing

After I practice the pas de bourree, I’m going to color the picture.

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

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

In the meantime, below are a couple books you might like to read by yourself or with your mom or dad.  They are about the history of ballet.  I think you’ll like them and will learn a lot.

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Please click on either of the book covers above to get more information and to buy.

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Let’s Practice Piqué Turns!

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

Millicent

Today we’re going to learn about

piqué turns.

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Below is a description of how the turn should be done.

  • A movement in which the strongly pointed toe of the lifted and extended leg sharply lowers to hit the floor then immediately rebounds upward.
  • In Piqué Tours en dedans, the dancer steps en pointe onto a straight leg and turns while the opposite leg is brought into passé (so the turn is done towards the supporting leg)
  • In Piqué Tours en dehors, also called “lame ducks” the dancer steps en pointe onto a straight leg, half turns to place the opposite leg on the floor and picks up the original leg into passé. The turn is then done away from the supporting leg.

The above description can be found on Dance25.com.

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I found a video with a ballet teacher demonstrating how to do this turn properly.  Please click on the link.

http://www.howcast.com/videos/495328-How-to-Do-Pique-Turns-Ballet-Dancing

Watch the video a few times and try to practice along with Maegan.
After I practice the piqué turn, I’m going to color this picture:

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You may need help printing out the picture.  If so, ask your mom or dad for help and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”

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Please come back next week when we’ll learn more ballet steps.  See you then!

Below are a couple books you might like to read by yourself or with your mom or dad.  Click on the book cover to get more information and to buy.

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I’m Going on Vacation!

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Millicent

I’m going out of town this week with my mom and dad and my brother, Mortimer.  So…there won’t be a new ballet lesson this week.

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I’ll be back next week, though and I hope you will be here, too.

See you then.  In the meantime, go back to the previous lessons and practice those.  Okay?

You might like to find more information on these books about the history of ballet.

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 If so, click on the book cover to learn about the book and to buy it.