Ballet

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Ballet in our Mini Program starts with Twirling Twos, then Storybook Ballet, Ballet I and finishing the mini program with Ballet II. All students will learn the fundamentals of ballet and learn how to improve their skills as they progress through the program.

  • Une Ballerina/Un Danseur
  • Parallel feet/Turned out legs (turn out is not introduced in Twirling Twos)
  • 5 positions of feet and arms
  • Placement & Directions
    • Devant – in front
    • Derrière – behind
    • À la Seconde – to the second position or side
    • En Avant – travel forwards
    • En Arrière – travel backwards
    • De Coté – travel sideways
  • Plié – to bend
  • Tendu – to stretch (pointed foot with straight leg)
  • Chaissé – to chase (gallop)
  • Battement – beating (big kicks)
  • Jeté – throwing step (leaping from one foot to the other)
  • Sautée – jump (a jump on both feet)
  • Échappé – to escape (a jump form first position to second position)
  • Relevé – to rise (balance on balls of feet)
  • Retiré – withdrawn (a balance on one leg with the toe touching the standing knee)
  • Arabesque – named from a Moorish ornament (a balance on one leg with the other leg stretched straight behind the dancer)
  • Piqué – pricked (to step directly onto the ball of the foot)
  • Fondu – sinking or melting (bend one leg)
  • Chaînés – chain or link (series of turns in a straight line or circle)
  • Spotting – looking at an object while turning
  • Rond de Jambe – round of the leg (drawing a half circle with a pointed foot around standing leg)
  • Pas de Chat – step of the cat (a sideways jump where the feet go up to retiré)
  • Frappé – to strike (foot quickly goes from flexed to pointed by pushing against the floor)
  • Pirouette – to spin (turn on one leg)