IMPROVE BALANCE and BODY ALIGNMENT • INCREASE FLEXIBILITY • ENHANCE CORE STRENGTH
CLASSICAL BALLET EXERCISES for PROFESSIONALS
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 Exercise 1. BATTEMENT TENDU and
     DEMI-PLIÉ (facing the barre)
 Exercise 2. DEMI-PLIÉ in First,
     Second Fourth and Fifth Positions     
    (standing side to the barre) 
  Exercise 3. DEMI-PLIÉ from Fifth and 
     Fourth position (other side to the barre)
 • Exercise 4. BATTEMENT TENDU
     from Fifth Position (side to the barre)
  Exercise 5. BATTEMENT TENDU
     From Fifth Position (other side to the barre)
  Exercise 6. BATTEMENT JETÉ

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  Exercise 7. BATTEMENT JETÉ
     (on the other side)
  Exercise 8. RONDS de JAMBE
     par á TERRE
   Exercise 9. RONDS de JAMBE
      par á TERRE (on the other side)
  Exercise 10. BATTEMENT FRAPPÉ
  Exercise 11. BATTEMENT FONDU
     and  ROND de JAMBE en `Lair
  Exercise 12. BATTEMENT FONDU and
     ROND de JAMBE en `Lair (on other side)
  Exercise 13. GRAND BATTEMENT
     (both sides together)
  Exercise 14. STRETCH AT THE BARRE
 Exercise 15. CENTER BATTEMENT
     TENDU and PIROUETTES en Dehors
     (from Fourth Position)
  Exercise 16. CENTER BATTEMENT
      TENDU and PIROUETTES en dohors    
     
(other side from Fourth Position)
 Exercise 17. ADAGE
     (Slow Moving Exercise)
  Exercise 18. ADAGE (on the other side)
  Exercise 19. SAUTÉ and CHANGEMENT
     (Allegro)
 • Exercise 20. ASSEMBLÉ and JETÉ
     (Small Allegro)
 • Exercise 21. GRAND ALLEGRO
 Exercise 22. POINTE SHOE (how to tie)

 

Exercise 1

Battement Tendu and Demi Plié
Battement Tendu and Demi Plié is the first warm-up stretch exercise.
This Warm-up Battement Tendu and Demi-plié exercise (facing the barre) starts with slow battement tendu front turn in, turn out, plié the foot and point.
Close into First Position and demi-plié.
Repeat the same combination to the side and to the back, then finish with ports de bras to the side and to the back.
We do the same exercise with the left leg and finish the whole exercise with relevé in First Position.

Working on posture, make sure that the pelvis is in a nice strong alignment standing over the supporting leg.

Work through the turn out muscles on the inner thigh...
rotate from the top
of the leg.

Work through the feet, and let the torso relax.
Stay strong and lifted through the spine.

Mobilize the upper body into the sideways
port de bras.

This Warm-up Battement Tendu and Demi-plié exercise (facing the barre) starts with slow battement tendu front turn in, turn out, plié the foot and point.

Close into the First Position and Demi-Plié.

Repeat the same combination to the side and to the back, then finish with ports de bras to the side and to the back.
We do the same exercise with the left leg and finish the whole exercise with relevé in First Position.

Relax in the ankles to achieve a nice, deep,
Demi- Plié.

Work through the spine from the neck, through the upper back on the backwards port de bras.

Be sure all the toes are on the floor
so you are getting good use
of the turn-out.

 

Open Battement Tendu... turn in... turn out... flex through the toes... and close, demi-plié.

Work through the left side into the sideways port de bras feeling the lift through the back before
the upper port de bras.

Finish with a nice strong balance...
feeling center... shoulders relaxed.

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ADULT BALLET
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Tendu - means to stretch.
Battement Tendu -
is the stretching of the leg and foot away from the body with toes remaining on the surface of the floor.

Plié - Demi means bending of the knees.
Demi-Plié - is half bending of the knees.
Grand-Plié - is half bending of the knees.
Ports de Bras - graceful and expressive movement of the arms.
Relevé - raised up or
to rise.
Demi-plié, Relevé -  
half bend raised up.



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