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opposition

You’ll have better control of your movements if you always use opposition through your upper body. When you dance to the right, reach back to the left with your supporting arm and shoulder. Don’t look where you are going – look away – use the textbook body positions when you are working in fourth position front and you will look better and move more quickly.

DANCE BETTER:

To balance your fondu relevé: Think of it as a PUSH UP, not a PULL UP

LIFE LINE

Just because it’s always been done “that way” doesn’t mean it can’t be done “this way”

Getting Ready for New York

I always knew I wanted to dance.

I always knew I wanted to dance.

You’re never too young to start preparing for the future.

BALLET TECHNIQUE

DANCE WITH YOUR FEET & PUSH THE FLOOR. When you turn, be sure to roll through all your toes. When you jump, be sure to rely on the pushing foot, not the brushing foot.

BALLET TECHNIQUE

FOOTWORK: Your feet are always active; never passive. Work your feet against the floor. Use all the parts of your foot, all the time. Get grounded. Then you will rise to beautiful turns and magical jumps.

 

BALLET TECHNIQUE

TOMBÉ PAS DE BOURRÉE PIROUETTE: If you stop and pose in plié fourth after the pas de bourrée, be sure you “double” the plié. If your supporting knee stops moving, give it another push past your supporting toe so it makes that foot relevé. Push the floor with all your toes, spot, and bring your arms into position.

BALLET TECHNIQUE

SECRET OF SUCCESS. The dancers we admire most always continue to grow and enlarge each pose or movement whether slow or fast, on the floor or in the air. They don’t hit a pose and hold it. Instead, they send their life force out into space through their fingers, toes, and eyes and touch our hearts. They create unforgettable moments that renew and inspire us.

BALLET TECHNIQUE

ONE FOOT: Remember that in center floor and on stage, you will spend most of the time dancing on one foot rather than standing in a static position with both feet. Therefore, at the barre, make sure you’re securely balanced on your supporting foot, ready to push down and rise, and in complete control of the position or free leg.

BALLET TECHNIQUE

Petit jeté, assemblé, brisé: Be careful that you don’t rely entirely on the brushing foot. Be sure you push the floor with your supporting foot so that your jump is airy and magical.