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Dance vocabulary and terminology explained.

Ballet Turns

Here’s another great terminology sheet from Constanza Murphy.  This one breaks down the most common turns used in ballet including detourne, chaine, pique, soutenu, and fouette.  It also includes a review of en dehors and en dedans – important for … Continue reading

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Allegro Vocabulary

Thanks to Constanza for another great study sheet.  This one focuses on allegro steps.  You’ll have an easier time learning quick allegro combinations if you’re familiar with the names of the steps.

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Standard Body Positions

Constanza Murphy made this study sheet for Ballet 3, but it’s good for all of us to know our body positions.  Knowing your body positions by name makes it easier to learn combinations and choreography in class and will also … Continue reading

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Know Your Positions

Before we even start moving, dancers need to know the 6 basic foot positions.  Five of the six are based in ballet, but it’s good for all dancers to know them as part of the common language of dance. Dancers … Continue reading

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