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Back to the Basics: How to Turn Your Feet Out Properly

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

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Today we’re going to review how to do a turnout properly.

I think this video might help you and your mom and dad:

 

After I practice my turnout, my mom said I could color the ballet picture I found. 

Maybe you can color this one if your mom or dad say it’s okay.

Ask  your mom or dad to print it out for you.

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

I hope you will come back next week when we’ll talk some more about ballet.

If you’d like, you can subscribe to my blog by filling out the subscription form at the bottom of this page.  Ask your mom and dad it it is okay for you to do that and ask them to help.  Don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you.”

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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What is a Détourné?

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

I’m happy to see you again.

Today we’re going to learn what a détourné (deh-toor-neh) is.

Vance’s Fantastic Ballet Dictionary defines it this way: “A smooth turn made by pivoting on the toes in relevé.”

Below is a funny drawing of stick figures to show how the turn is done:

 We would probably first learn how to do a détourné in the center of the room.

While I was looking for a video of students practicing détournés, I found one of boys and girls doing much more difficult combinations of steps in the center of their practice room.  I like watching it.  I hope you will, too.

These students are much older and a lot more advanced than I am but someday I sure hope I can dance like they do!

Below is a funny ballet picture for us to color after we finish practicing our ballet steps.

Ask your mom or dad to print out the picture for you.  I know you remembered to say “please” and “thank you”.

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

You can subscribe to my blog if you’d like and your mom and dad say it’s okay.  Just click on the “subscribe” button in the right-hand column near the top of the page and fill out the form.  You’ll get each new blog post right in your email inbox.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

( Millicent Mouse is sponsored by the Exercise Equipment Super Store and the Healing Tai Chi Store)

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What Is a Cou De Pied?

Hi!  Welcome to my blog.

Today we’re going learn what “cou de pied” means.

Cou de pied is a position of the foot.

 Below is a picture of a dancer with her foot wrapped around the ankle of her other foot which is what the cou de pied position should look like.

Now you try it.  Be sure to open your hip so your foot can wrap around your ankle without hurting your knee.

Watch this video to learn a bit more about cou de pied:

After I practice my cou de pied, I’m going to color this picture.

You can too if it’s okay with your mom and dad.

Ask them to print it out for you and don’t forget to say “please” and “thank you”.

You can subscribe to my blog if you’d like to and your mom and dad say it’s okay.

Just click on the “subscribe” button in the right-hand column near the top of the page and fill out the form.

  That way you’ll get each new blog post right in your email inbox.

I hope you’ll come back next week.

 See you then.

xoxoxo,

MilliMouse

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Let’s Practice the Ballet Step “En Croix”

Hi!  Welcome back to my blog.

 

Today we’re going to learn the ballet step called “en croix”.

 

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

 “Usually applied to exercises at the barre: the exercise is done first with the working leg moving to the front, then to the side, then to the back, and then to the (same) side again.”

 

The picture below might give you an idea of how the step might look away from the barre:

 

 

I think the video I found will help you to understand this barre exercise called “en croix”.  Take a look.

 

 

I found another picture for us to color after we practice our barre exercise. 

Ask your mom or dad to print it out for  you.

 

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

 

I’m going to go practice my tendu en croix now.

I’ll see you next week.

 

You will come back, won’t you?  I sure hope so.

You can subscribe to my blog if you’d like to and your mom and dad say it’s okay.

Just click on the “subscribe” button in the right-hand column near the top of the page and fill out the form. 

You’ll get each new blog post right in your email inbox.

 

 

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