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 3

Demi Plié
From the Other Side in Fifth and Fourth position

We start with demi-plié in First Position.
Rise in First Position, grand-plié and ports de bras to the front and back.
We make a little change in Second Position and Fourth Position. 2 x grand pliés and ports de bras toward the barre and away in Second Position, then circuit port de bras in the Fourth Position.
We finish with demi-plié, relevé, grand plié in Fifth Position, and circuit ports de bras away from the barre. 
Relevé in Fifth Position at the end.

From the other side we’ve got the plié exercise which continues to work the hips, knees and the ankle joints.

The key factor is to keep the weight forward so the weight is forward through the balls of the feet.

Good stretch through the hamstrings, and now the lift, through the upper back for the backwards port de bras.

With the grand plie we keep heels on the floor to maximize the stretch through the inner thighs.


Make sure that the weight doesn’t tilt back behind the heels.

Again, the port de bras is working just from above the waist.

The pelvis stays nice and secure, keeping the rotation of the legs from the top.

In the Fourth Position there needs to be an adjustment in weight so that it is at the centre of the feet.
Make sure the hips are nice and square and that you feel the stretch equally on both legs.

Full circle port de bras... relax the head..., and finger tips lead the way around.

You want to make sure that the rotation is happening from the hips and not from the feet.
Reverse circuit port de bras
all the way.

For the rise we have a good strong posture with shoulders relaxed...
stay nice and long through the body... then finish.

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ADULT BALLET
EXERCISES

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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.
Devant - to the front.
Derriere - to the back.
Passe - passed.
Relevé - raised up
or to rise.



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