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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.

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Today We’re Going to Learn How to Do a Sous-sus

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Millicent

Today we’re going to learn how to do a sous-sus

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

“A relevé in a tight fifth position with one foot almost on top of the other.”

Below is a video lesson for us to watch and then practice with.  Please click on the link.

http://www.howcast.com/videos/495332-How-to-Do-a-SousSus-Ballet-Dancing

After we finish our ballet lesson, we can color this ballet picture:

sugar plum fairy coloring page

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

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

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Below are a couple books you might like to read by yourself or with your mom or dad this summer:

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Click on the book covers above for more information and to buy.
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More Ballet Information, Steps to Practice and Videos to Watch

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Millicent

It’s nice to see you again.

Today, we’re going to learn more things about ballet for us as beginners and what to expect as we progress in our studies.

Watch the video by clicking on the link.

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xpvc7j_how-to-move-forward-in-ballet_music#.Udh6PTvVCuk

After you practice some of the steps show in the video, ask your mom or dad if you can color the picture.

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Wow, are those girls limber!

You may need help in printing 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 about ballet.

See you then!

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Here’s another video just to watch for fun.  I hope you enjoy it.

http://video.nationalgeographic.com/video/kids/cartoons-tv-movies-kids/toot-puddle-kids/tootpuddle-ballet-kids/

Below are some books you might like to read by yourself or with your mom or dad this summer:

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Just click on the book cover above to read more about the books and to buy.

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Do You Know How to Do an Echappé?

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to practice the ballet step called “échappé.”

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

“A movement in which the legs move from fifth position out to second position or, occasionally, to fourth position.”

Click on the link to see a video showing how to perform this step then practice it.

http://www.videojug.com/film/how-to-do-echappe-ballet

After you practice the échappé, ask your mom or dad if you can color the picture I found.  You may need help printing it out.

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

I hope you’ll come back next week when we’ll practice more ballet together.
See you then!

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

Article 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/

Below are a couple books you might like to read this summer:

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Happy Fourth of July!

Millicent

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

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I hope you and your family have a wonderful 4th of July.

While you’re waiting for the barbeque or the fire works, below is a picture for you to color.

kaboose-4th-of-july-coloring-pages

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

Please come back next week when we’ll learn more ballet steps.  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.

Below are some books you might like to read during the summer about the history of ballet:

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Please click on the book covers above for more information and to purchase.

 

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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!

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.

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/

Interesting summer reading for young dancers:  Click on the either of the covers below to find out more about the books and to buy.

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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!

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 so you will receive each new post in your email inbox

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.