Even first-time beginners can do more than simply stand in one spot and repeat various positions. Have fun with Finis Jhung and a professional dancer as you perfect your posture, placement, alignment, and balance. Learn to cover space while you move from one foot to the other, forward and sideways, with the tombé, temps lié, piqué and passé par terre. Practice the most frequently used diagonal body positions and correct port de bras. Even more, it’s not too soon for you to begin learning basic turning movements such as the promenade, the quarter turn en dedans, and the half turn en dehors. Perfect your knowledge of the rudiments and build in the correct muscle memory which will eventually enable you to pirouette with ease and confidence. And, build self-esteem and confidence as you dance across the floor with the waltz step. Add on sweeping circles as you walk on half-toe and you’re well on your way to dance heaven. Welcome to the wonderful world of ballet!
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- Tendu, dégagé en l’air, tombé en avant, arabesque balance
- Tendu, dégagé en l’air, tombé de côté, cambré
- Tendu, temps lié en avant, arabesque balance
- Tendu, temps lié de côté, balance in cou-de-pied
- Tendu, fondu, dégagé en l’air, piqué en avant
- Tendu, fondu, dégagé en lair, piqué de côté
- Tendu, fondu, dégagé en l’air, passé par terre en avant
- Tendu éffacé & croisé, devant & derrière, temps lié
- Tendu with port de bras, tombé, promenade en dedans
- Quarter-turn en dedans
- Half-turn en dehors
- The basic waltz step, to the mirror
- The basic waltz step, to the corner
- Waltz & walk in a circle on relevé, to the mirror
- Waltz & walk in a circle on relevé, to the corner
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"I am so grateful for your incredible videos. I have been using this video with my adult class and have seen tremendous results. My students are finally starting to look like dancers!" - Jo Wiseman, Teacher, Albuquerque, NM
"I am just getting back into ballet at 53 and taking an adult class every week. I have fallen in love with the instructions you give on balance and movement precision. I run 30 miles a week but ballet right now is much harder :)" - Beth Heinz, Bradenton, FL
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"I tried your beginning waltz exercise in class yesterday and the kids got the concepts right away and they were so excited!! It is a brilliant way to teach the traveling waltz. I am constantly amazed that when the steps make sense ... the end result is so clear. I was thrilled to see the students achieve this while being musical at the same time. It is a truly winning combination. Again, thank you for your work!" - Pili Doheny, Assistant Director Pre-Ballet Program, Maple Conservatory of Dance, Irvine, CA
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"I'd like to give you my perspective on your DVDs, which I regard as the most powerful learning tools available to today's ballet student.
Although I deeply appreciate the teacher's corrections in my weekly adult ballet class, I feel that I'm able to learn more when I work solo with your DVDs. The problem is that when I'm in class and watch the demonstrations of the barrework and center work, my inability to remember the movements still throws me into a low-key panic. Because of my poor memory, I need movement models to follow, so I still have to find a place at the barre between two more competent dancers. Since I'm following rather than initiating the movements, I end up feeling like a failure as the class moves on to the next exercise and the demonstration once again throws me into a low-key panic.
On your DVDs, each exercise is thoroughly previewed before being demonstrated, which helps address my learning limitations. What I find even better, though, is the rewind/replay option the DVDs provide. If I'm not happy with the quality of my movement, I can take as much time as I need to practice it, and to refine it. On the other hand, since there's no rewind/replay option in a live class, I rarely attain the satisfaction of a decent level of mastery. In short, your DVDs allow the luxury of self-pacing, which, for me at least, is the key to success." — Ian Jackson, developer of the Acousticoaching™ CDs for the ballet-inspired BreathPlay System -- the power behind Olympic medals, world records, and world championships. (www.BreathPlay.com)