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What is a Cambré?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

I’m so happy to see you again.

Today we’re going to learn about the ballet term, “cambré” (cahm-bray).

This word means to bend either forward or backward like when you bow or do a port de bras (pohr-duh-brah).

Below is a picture of a dancer performing a port de bras that looks a bit like a bow.  He is leaning over so we could say he is also performing a cambré.

Below is a video of a ballerina performing a port de bras.  Because she leans forward and back, she can be said to be also performing a cambré.

I’m going to go practice now.

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” to your mom and dad or whoever printed out the picture for you.

Please come back next week when we will talk about other ballet terms and movements.

See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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What is a Ballotté?

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

Today we’re going to learn about ballottés (bah-luh-tay).

A ballotté is a jump from one foot or both feet.  The word means to “throw about”.

Below is a photo of a dancer performing a jump:

He really jumps high, doesn’t he?

I like this video.  I hope you do, too.

Rochelle is a beautiful ballerina!

I had better go practice if I’m ever going to be as good as she is.

When you’ve finished your ballet practice, you can color the picture I found.  Ask your mom or dad to print it out for you and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you”.

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

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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What Does “Balancé” Mean?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

This week we’re going to  talk about the ballet term “balancé” (bah-lahn-say).

The word itself means to “rock” or “to swing”.

There are several ways a dancer can rock or swing, of course, as long as the movement is graceful!

 

Below is a video of dancers using a balancé combined with pirouettes: 

I found another picture for us to color.  I hope you like it.

Please click on the link below to open the picture.

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

http://national.ballet.ca/pdf/education/cinderellaColouringSheet.pdf

Please come back next week when we’ll learn another ballet term or step.  See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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What Does Allongé Mean?

Hi! Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today we’re going to find out what the ballet term “allongé (aa-lohn-jay)” means.

 

Allongé means to stretch out or make longer.

 

For example. when we are doing an arabesque, we want the leg that is up in the air to look as long and stretched out as possible.

 

Look at the picture below to see how the dancer’s leg is stretched out:

 

 

Boy, this girl’s legs are really long!

 

I’m just a little mouse so mine are kinda short. 

I have to work really hard to stretch my leg out.

 

I bet you do, too.

Here’s a video for you to watch:

 

Below is a picture for you to color after you practice your allongé.

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

 

 

 

Looks a little bit like me, doesn’t it?

 

Please come back to visit next week.  We’ll talk about more ballet stuff.

 

 

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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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