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The working foot slides from the first or fifth position to the front, side, or back of the body without leaving the ground.
Bent, bending. A bending of the knee or knees. This term is used most commonly in ballet dance. This is an excersise to render the joints and muscles soft and pliable and the tendons flexible and elastic and to develop a sense of balance.
This is the position of the supporting foot in which teh heel has been raised from the floor and the dancer is balanced on the ball of the foot. (Reminder not to balance on hte outside or pinky toe side of the foot but place the weight between the big toe and the middle toe.
DOne in parallel or turned out. Placement where the feet are placed heels together and toes pointed outward. Also done in parallel where the feet are touching directly under the sit bones.
Done in parallel or turned out. Placement where the feet are hip width apart or slightly wider and toes are pointed outward. Also done in parallel.
Feet are lined up in first or second position pointing foward.
A glide into an open position and is finished in a small plie. At a faster pace this looks and feels like a gallop. It is used as a traveling step.
A movement in which the pointed foot of the working leg is made to pass the knee of the supporting leg.
A movement or position in which the working leg is lifted off the floor to the front, side, or back of the body. Both knees must be kept straight.
ONe body part is isolated from the body by moving it in a direction or pattern while the rest of the body stays still.
A run used as a connecting step where the body stays lower to the ground in plie while moving. Toes are pointed in this run and help push the dancer foward. The movement glides across the floor as feet brush through first position. Arms are used by swinging and countering the legs. Think of it also as mini jetes so that you can push yourself further foward in each run.
A leap from one foot to the other foot, throwing the working leg out. It can either be brushed through first position with a straight leg or can be developed through pase then thrown out.
Whirl or spin. A complete turn of the body on one foot, the working leg usually passes through passe. They can be executed by turning inward toward the supporting leg or outward away from the supporting leg and in the direction of the raised leg. Pirouettes can also happen in turned out position or parallel position.
Asymmetrical movement of an upper limb and lower limb of the same side of the body
Diagonal movement of one upper limb with the opposite lower limb.
The action of connecting head and the tailbone while contracting the muscles of the back and releasing the abdominal muscles.
The action of contracting or shortening a muscle. Contraction is usually referring to an abdominal engagement where the head and tailbone curve toward eachother.
Done in parallel or turned out. Placement where the feet are separated by placing one in front of the body and one in back of the body in a sagittal plane. IF the feet are turned out, the heel of the front foot alligns with the arch of the back foot. If the feet are in parallel they allign one next to the other on their won tracks. Fourth position parallel is our usual preparation for a pirouette.