Vocabulary

Ballet Turns

Detourne TurnHere'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 every ballet dancer to understand. (more…)

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Vocabulary

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 make it easier to reverse combinations.  Test yourself to see how many you already know. (more…)

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Vocabulary

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.

Parallel and First Ballet Positions

Dancers in First Steps (3 year olds) should know the difference between parallel and 1st position.  It’s important that the entire leg rotates from the hip joint in order to turn the feet out.  It’s fine for young dancers to use a small degree of turnout.  As they progress, we’ll work to increase their range. (more…)

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