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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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Happy Labor Day!

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

Millicent

I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday weekend.

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Below is a picture for you to color.  No ballet lesson this week, though.

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I hope you’ll come back next week when we’ll have a new ballet lesson to work on.

See you then.

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More Ballet to Practice – Pas de Bourree

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

Millicent

Today we’re going to learn how to do a pas de bourree.

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

“This term has at least two meanings. 1. One of the simplest connecting steps, used to link other steps in a combination. The commonest form is probably the pas de bourrée dessous. Assume your right foot is in front: left foot on half pointe; step on it and put your weight on it; move the right foot to the side, transfer your weight to it (also in relevé); move the left foot to the front of the right and put your weight on both feet in a plié. 2. (properly called pas de bourrée couru, “running pas de bourrée”). A gliding movement by a dancer on pointe consisting of many very small steps taken with the feet close together. When a dancer uses bourrée as a verb (“Then you bourrée downstage”), she usually means pas de bourrée couru.”

Wow!  What a long definition.  Maybe the video below will help us to understand what this step should look like.  Please click on the link to open the video lesson.

http://www.howcast.com/videos/495323-How-to-Do-a-Pas-de-Bourree-Ballet-Dancing

After I practice the pas de bourree, I’m going to color the picture.

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

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I hope you’ll come back next week to learn and practice more ballet with me.

In the meantime, below are a couple books you might like to read by yourself or with your mom or dad.  They are about the history of ballet.  I think you’ll like them and will learn a lot.

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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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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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Article for mom and dad:

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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!

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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/

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