At Home Practice

Here are a few I have for each class that may be practiced at home with your dancer. Practicing at home, in addition to dance during the week is not necessary, but if your child wants to dance at home these are things you can practice with them. Practice only if your student wants to; we don’t want your student to get burned out.

If you are unfamiliar with dance terminology and want to learn more, here is a link to a good ballet dictionary: http://www.dancer.com/tom-parsons/dict.php. Pictures of foot

Creative Movement

Motor Skills:

  • Ballet Walks, with pointed feet
  • Marching with toes pointed
  • Galloping
  • Hopping on one foot or two
  • Ballet runs (point those toes!)
  • Skipping forward and backward, with pointed feet
  • Bourrées

Ballet (Barre) Basics:

  • Foot positions: parallel, first & second
  • Plies
  • Tendus
  • Pointing & Flexing feet
  • Ballet body position: standing up nice and tall
  • Balancing on one foot

Creativity, Musicality & Flexibility:

  • Allow your child to show their creative side, and make dances up (remember, dance is an art-form, so creativity is key!)
  • Practice clapping or stepping to the beat of the music to practice timing and musicality
  • Stretching at home is a great way to gain flexibility

Ballet I

In addition to the skills listed in the Creative Movement section, the items below are practiced in class as well.

Ballet (Barre) Basics:

  • Foot Positions: parallel, first, second and third
  • Grand Battements

Center Basics:

  • Petite Jumps: Saute, echappe, changement (not learned till later in the year)
  • Traveling Jumps: Glissades, Pas de Chat
  • Balances
  • Pas de Bourres
  • Coupe & Passe
  • Bourree turn (nice and slow- not too fast)

Muscle Skills:

  • Wake up those turn-out muscles by doing: tendu, turn in, turn out.
  • Proper ballet stance: stand tall and “tie a string to the top of your head that goes to the ceiling”

Ballet II

Ballet (Barre) Basics:

  • Foot Positions: Parallel, first second, third and fourth
  • Grand Plies (don’t sit at the bottom)
  • Degajes
  • Rond de Jambes

Center Basics:

  • Spotting Turns (Chaines)
  • Soutenu turns

Stretching:

  • Stretch at home; do what we have learned in class

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