LENGTH: 7 minutes, 25 seconds
PURPOSE OF THIS EXERCISE: Develops strength, balance, grace, and vitality by teaching you how to bend your body, make poses with port de bras, and make semi-circular walks.
DEFINITIONS: Cambré (kahn-BRAY). Bend sideways or forward from the waist; Port de bras (pawr duh brah). Carriage of the arms. Tombé (tawn-BAY). Falling into a fondu on one foot.
Part One: Instructions from Finis Jhung
Part Two: Technical breakdown of the exercise with Finis and demonstrator Mayumi Omagari
Part Three: Demonstration with music by Mayumi with Finis standing by and coaching
This dance has been choreographed to an adagio – music that is quiet, slow, and very beautiful.
There are 4 sections, each with 8 counts:
Section 1 – Counts 1 to 8: You begin standing in sixth position (feet parallel) and cambré sideways while circling both arms. You then turn sideways with a port de bras and return to the front. You repeat these first two movements in the other direction.
Section 2 – Counts 1 to 8: You tombé diagonally forward with a port de bras, recover, rise, rest.
Section 3 – Counts 1 to 8: Turning to the right, you make a semi-circular walk to the back wall and make a port de bras. Again turning to the right, you make a semi-circular walk to the front and make a port de bras.
Section 4 – Counts 1 to 8: You repeat Section 3 turning to the left.
You then repeat the first 32 counts.
AUDIENCE: The novice adult beginner
TRAINING REQUIRED: None, you will learn basic ballet technique as you dance along.