How to Do the Releve in Ballet

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The releve in ballet is designed to be completed in a very specific way. Find out how to do the releve in ballet with help from a classically trained freelance dancer in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Melissa Sandvig, I'm a freelance artist and a ballet instructor. We're here at Long Beach Ballet and I'm going to talk to you about how to do a releve in ballet. Releve means basically to rise up to the balls of your feet. This can be done from a plie, releve. Sometimes we call this an eleve, where your legs just stay straight, but since you're asking about a releve, you usually spring up to the balls of your feet. You do that in first position, in second position, any position, fourth position releve, fifth position, we kind of call this a sous-sus, where your toes cross and your legs wrap around. Otherwise there's releve passe, releve coupe, releve attitude, you can releve in any position, releve arabesque. So anytime you spring up to the balls of your feet, you're doing a releve. So, practice that at home. I'm Melissa Sandvig, and that's how you do a releve in ballet. Good luck!


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