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Let’s Practice the Grand Jeté!

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Millicent

Today we’re going to learn and practice the ballet step called grand jeté.

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

“A long horizontal jump, usually forward, starting from one leg and landing on the other. In the middle of the jump, the dancer may be doing a split in midair. One of the most memorable of all ballet jumps; the dancer seems to float in the air, as a result of the shift of his center of gravity from the split.”

I found a video with Maegan Woodin showing how to do this step.  Please click on the link below to open the video and follow along.

http://www.howcast.com/videos/494952-How-to-Do-a-Grand-Jete-Ballet-Dancing

After I practice my grand jeté, I’m going to color this ballet picture.

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

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

See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Do You Know How to Do Chaîné Turns?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Millicent

Today we’re going to learn how to do chaîné turns.

Below is the definition of these turns from Vance’s Ballet Dictionary:

“Short for tours chaînées déboulés, “chained, rolling turns.” Fast turns on half or full point with the legs in a tight first position, rotating a half turn on one foot and the other half on the other foot. Done one after the other so they’re “chained” together.”

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I think this video will help us to understand exactly how to do these turns.  Please click on the link below to open the video.

http://www.howcast.com/videos/497199-How-to-Do-Chaines-Turns-Ballet-Dancing

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After I practice the turns, I’m going to color the ballet picture.  Ask your mom or dad if you can print out the picture and color it.
Don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”

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

See you then!

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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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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!

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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:

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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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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/

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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!

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