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The Life of a Dancer

June 14, 2018

Jumps

Tracey Freier and Grace Terrell

April 21, 2018

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There are many jumps in ballet that range in level from easy to challenging. These are four basic jumps used in ballet: Changement (shanj-mah) Sauté (so-tay) Entrechat (ahh-truh-shah) Échappé (ay-shah-pay) A sauté is a simple jump where you start from an...

Pliés and rond de jambes

Grace Terrell and Tracey Freier

April 18, 2018

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Now that the positions are clear, we can move on to some basic exercises. In class, we usually begin with pliés. Pliés can be done in every position. There are two different types: Demi- and grand. In a Demi- plié, your heels remain ...

Extra terms!

Grace Terrell and Tracey Freier

April 18, 2018

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Some more basic ballet terms, are tendu and dégagé. To tendu, slide your foot to the front(side or back), Making sure to have a pointed toe. A dégagé can be done, when passing through tendu, and then lifting your f...

Basic foot placements

Tracey Freier and Grace Terrell

April 18, 2018

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Many turns, moves, and warmups are based off of the following positions: coupé (coo-pay), relevé (reh-leh-vay), sur le cou-de-pied (sur-luh-coo-duh-pi-ay). Coupé is when one foot is pointed and turned out in front of ...

Leg flexibility

Grace Terrell and Tracey Freier

April 10, 2018

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The next few steps require strength and flexibility. Beginning with battement (Pronounced Bot-mont), this is essentially a kick to the front, side or back. Next is arabesque, in which you extend a straight leg to the back and hold. In that position, you can transition to a penché which is the same position just l...

Arms for the positions

Tracey Freier and Grace Terrell

April 10, 2018

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Now that you know the feet positions, you must know the corresponding arms. First position: Arms are rounded out in front of you. Your middle fingers should be parallel to your belly button. Second position: Arms are out to ...

The positions

Grace Terrell and Tracey Freier

March 30, 2018

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One of the first things you should know when stepping into a ballet class, is probably the positions. Each position can be used as a starting point or transition step during jumps and turns. We’ll start out with 1st.   ...

Introduction

Grace Terrell and Tracey Freier

March 30, 2018

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Hi dancers, whether you’re experienced or are just scrolling through The Warrior Messenger, we welcome you to learn a little about dance. I am Tracey, an eighth grader who has been dancing for a total of seven years. I also...

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