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What Does “Ballon” Mean?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today we’re going to learn about the ballet term “ballon” (bah-lahn).

Ballon is when dancers jump so high in the air and stay there so long that they appear to be flying.

 

Below is a video of a young dancer learning how to do a grand jete.  The more she practices, the higher her jump will be and the more “ballon” she will be able to achieve.

 

 

I found a picture of a famous male ballet dancer.  His name is Mikhail Baryshnikov.

 

Now that’s ballon! 

 

I’m coloring a dance picture today.

 

Here’s a copy for you to color, too. 

 

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

 

I’m going to go practice some jumps now.

 

I hope you’ll come back next week.  See you then!

 

 

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Happy Labor Day!

H!  Welcome back to my blog.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Labor Day weekend.

I’ll see you next week with more ballet terms and steps.

See you then.

In the meantime, here’s a picture for you to color.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you.  You did say “please” and “thank you”, didn’t you?

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What Does “Allegro” Mean?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

Today we’re going to talk about the term “allegro” (ah-leh-groh) as it is used in ballet.

Allegro means “fast”.   It is the third part of ballet class.

This is the time when ballet students practice fast turns and big and small jumps.  My brother, Mortimer, loves this part of the class.  He is such a show off!!

Below is a video of older girls in a ballet class practicing the allegro portion of their class.

After you finish practicing your steps ask your mom or dad to print out the picture below for you.

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

 I’ll be back next week with more ballet terms and steps.  I hope you’ll come back to visit.

See you soon.

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