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What is “Adage” in Ballet?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

For the next couple blogs we will be learning some ballet terms.

 

Today’s term is “adage” (ah-dazj).

 

This is the definition from the wonderful website, http://www.theatredance.com/balletterm1.html:

 

“adage [Italian adagio: “at ease”]. The second part of a ballet class: slow work with emphasis on sustained positions and on balance.”

 

Click on the video below to watch a men’s class performing the adagio part of their ballet class:

 

 

My brother Mortimer thinks he dances just like them.  I don’t think so!

 

I found another picture for you to color.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you.

 

I know you remembered to say “please” and “thank  you”.

 

Please come back next week.  We’ll be learning another ballet term.

 

See you then. 

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

 

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Let’s Practice the Bourrée

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today we’re going to practice the ballet step called “bourrée” (boo-ray).

 

We will begin in fifth position…

 

 

Now, releve.  

 Remember what that word means?  

It means to rise up onto the ball of your foot or, if you’re wearing pointe shoes, to rise up onto the ends of your toes.

 

Now that you are standing on the balls of your feet, move the front foot forward a little bit then slide your back foot close to your front one.  Keep taking these little steps forward.

 

This step can also be performed moving backwards and to either side.

 

Look at this video so you’ll understand this step better:

 

 

I found another picture for us to color.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you”.

 

I’m going to go practice my bourrées.

 

See you next week!

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Practice the Glissade

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today we’re going to practice the ballet step called a glissade (glee sahd).

 

Below is a drawing of this step as the dancer moves from fifth position stretches out to second and then closes again in fifth position.

 

Now you try it.  

 

I think the video will give you a better idea of how the step is performed.

 

 

Did you notice the different foot positions between the drawing of a glissade and the dance student performing the glissade?

 

You noticed, I’m sure, that in the drawing the dancer is moving from fifth position to second (for just a moment) and then closes in fifth postion again. 

In the video, the student is moving from first position to second and then back to first and from third position to second and back to third again. 

 

Whew!  We sure worked hard today.  Let’s sit down and color a dance picture now:

 

Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you.  You remembered to say “please” and “thank you”, didn’t you?  I know you always remember your good manners.

 

Please come back again next week when we’ll talk about more ballet steps and poses.

 

See you then!

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Do You Remember How to Do an Attitude?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today we’re going to review the ballet position called “attitude” (ah-teh-tewd).

 

An attitude is a pose in ballet in which the leg is raised in the air with the knee bent

 

 

 

Here is what it should look like:

 

 

 

Below is a video of a ballet student practicing the attitude. 

  At the end, this girl extends her leg into an arabesque, lifts the leg slightly then lowers it to the ground.

 Did you try it?  It’s hard to keep your balance, isn’t it?  Yikes!

 

I found a ballet picture for you to color.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you.

 

Did you remember to say “please” and “thank you”?  I know you did.

 

I’m going to go practice the attitude now.  Please come back next week.

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Practice Our Battement Tendus

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to practice the ballet step called “battement tendu” (baht-mahn – tahn-dew).

Here is a picture of students practicing battement tendus:

This video might help you to understand what a battement looks like when a dancer is practicing:

I think we’ve used this video before but it is a good explanation of how to do a battement properly.

Now, you try it.  It’s a bit harder than it looks, isn’t it?

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

 I’m going to go practice the battement tendu.

 Please come back next week when we’ll talk about some more ballet steps and poses.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Review the Arabesque

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today we’re going to talk about the arabesque.

An arabesque is a pose in ballet where one leg is extended to the back and off the floor.  At the beginning, most dancers can’t get their legs very high off the floor but with practice, the muscles stretch out and we can get our legs higher and higher.

Here is what an arabesque should look like:

 

This lady is a professional dancer and has studied ballet for many years.  If we practice hard enough, someday we’ll be able to do a beautiful arabesque like she is doing in the picture.

 

I found a good video of the proper way to do an arabesque:

 

 Here’s a picture for you to color:

 

Ask your mom or dad to print out the picture for you.  I know you remembered to say “please” and “thank you”, didn’t you? 

 

This is the link to these beautiful pictures to color if you would like to look through them and buy the coloring book or run off the free pictures.  There are many different categories I think you will like.  I love them!

http://coloring-nicole.blogspot.com/2008/03/ballerina-primavera-coloring-pages.html

 

I’m going to go practice my arabesque.  I hope you’ll come back to see me next week.  See you then.

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Happy Independence Day!

Have a wonderful Fourth of July!

Here’s a picture for you to color:

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

I’ll see you next week right here at my blog.  We’ll practice some more ballet steps.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse