Barre Practice Week 2 – Basic Feet 2

 

 

 

 

 

You’ve made it through Week 1 and it wasn’t so scary, right? Hopefully, you’ve been practicing the things we were working on last week because we’re going to be building on them in the next 15 weeks. Remember to take your time and proceed only as you feel comfortable. You need to listen to your body. Challenge it but don’t push yourself to the point of injury.

As usual try to practice these movements daily. Your goal is impeccable form and posture and the only way to achieve that is to practice practice practice.

Vocabulary

Line

A description of a dancer’s body position while preforming steps or poses. Striving for “clean” or “good” lines are of the utmost importance to a dancer.

Compound Step

A Compound Step in ballet refers to the combining of two or more other steps or portions of steps under one name. A good example of this would be the Balloné Composé, which is a combination of Balloné Simple, chassé movement and fermé.

Derrière (deh-RYEHR)

A classical ballet term meaning “back” or “behind.” It is used to define the position or movement of another step.

Pas (pah)

A classical ballet term meaning “step.” Most ballet movements begin with “pas” because it is literally describing the type of step. For example, pas de bourrée means “beating step”.

Turnout

Used to describe the rotation of the leg that starts from the hip. Your turnout should never be from the knee joint but always stemming from the hip. This will allow for greater extension of the leg to the side and the rear.

Rolling In

Dancers who struggle with turnout, as you are bound to do in the beginning stages of your ballet journey, will often try and force their feet into a turned out position. This causes the ankles to roll because there is too much weight on the inside of the dancers feet. Take take to practice correct turnout from the hip to prevent injury.

Movements

All the positions below for this weeks practice will be emphasizing the foot placement only. Practice moving through each of the positions in succession. Repeating to yourself each position you are currently in.

3rd Position

3rd Position

To practice 3rd position begin in 1st or second position. Move the heel of your right foot towards the top arch or first joint of your big left toe. Your right toes should be pointing to the wall in front of you or open slightly further.

Practice transitioning from the other positions to third position. Say the positions out loud to yourself. Stretch long through your spine and focus on good posture and clean lines. Practice this position for 5 minutes. Relax as you need to maintain correct posture.

4th Position

4th Position

To practice 4th position begin in 3rd position. Move forward creating a space of approximately 8″ between your right and left feet. Your turn out should remain the same as in third position.

Practice transitioning from the other positions to fourth position. Say the positions out loud to yourself. Stretch long through your spine and focus on good posture and clean lines. Practice this position for 5 minutes. Relax as you need to maintain correct posture.

5th Position

5th Position

To begin practicing 5th position begin in 4th position. Move the right heel back towards your left big toe. The right big toe should be by the opposite heel.

This position is the most difficult because it does require a lot of turnout. Don’t push your feet into position without getting the extension and turn from the hip. This is very bad for the knees. Take the time to gradually work on the flexibility of the hip. Practice this position for 5 minutes. Relax as you need to maintain correct posture.

Demi-plié in 1st position

Demi-plie in 1st position

Beginning in 1st position, bend at the knees slightly keeping the spine straight and the heels pressed into the floor. Press through the feet to return to standing position.

Demi-plié in 2nd postion

Beginning in 2nd position, bend at the knees slightly keeping the spine straight and the heels pressed into the floor. Press through the feet to return to standing position.

Really focus on your clean line and deliberate but graceful movements this week. You should be trying to make your movements appear effortless, although, we all know this is a lot of work. Stick with it; keep practicing and keep dancing!

xo,

isabelle

 

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