danceDay 110 Day Introduction to Balletfor beyond 50s & beginners
Welcome! We are delighted that you are joining us on our Introduction to Ballet. This is where it all begins. In our first lesson, we will go through the basics, and begin to work on the foundational steps of ballet. Work at your own pace. Do what works for you and come and dance with us!
- Positions of the Arms: Bras bas, First, Second, Third, Forth & Fifth position
- Positions of the Feet: First, Second, Third, open Forth & Fifth position
- Arm & Feet Position Exercise
- The Demi Pliés: We work the Demi Plié (meaning half bend) with the feet in Parallel Position, First Position and Second Position. We also Demi Pointe or Relevé (meaning rise up) which is a rise up onto your tippy toes.
- Pointing the Feet: This exercise warms up the feet and helps to find a correct ballet point of the foot.
- Pliés & Tendus: (full name: Battement Tendu)meaning ‘to beat’ & ‘to stretch’. This is a point where the toe never leaves the floor. It is a foundational step in ballet and we do this step to the front, to the side, and to the back. We combine this with our demi plié (half bend).
- Battement Dégagé: meaning ‘to disengage’. This step is like a Tendu but now the leg comes off the floor.
- Battements & Jumps: (or Grand Battement) meaning ‘big beat’. This is a high kick with a straight leg.
- Curtsy: (also known as the reverence). We do this at the end of every class. It is a lovely end to the class, and a little thanks to dance.
Original music by Gareth Murphy – www.garethmurphymusic.com
Please consult your doctor before beginning this or any other fitness programs. Exercise is not without it’s risks, and this or any other exercise program may result in injury. By engaging in these exercises, you agree that you do so at your own risk, and assume all associated risk of injury.