Traditional Classic Ballet Dance

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Traditional classic ballet dancing has a few key elements that you're going to need to know about. Learn about a traditional classic ballet dance with help from a professional dance fitness instructor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Sabrina Moxie with Body Lingo, and we're here at Body Lingo Dance Fitness Studio on South Pasadena, California. Today, I'm going to show you some essentials of classical ballet. Now, there are five main dance positions that you would be starting from in ballet. The first is first position. So, with this, you want to make sure that your heels come together and meet. When the feet are out, it's called first position turned out. For this, you want to make sure that you squeeze the glutes to have a nice, tall posture, shoulders back and this is first position. Now, second position is merely out to the side. Again, make sure your torso is centered, shoulders back and a good, strong, tall posture. For third position, you bring the heel of one foot to the arch of the other foot. Again, nice and tall, squeeze the thighs together, shoulders back; third position. For a fourth position, you bring the heel of one foot to the toe of the other. Now, for this position, it's actually going to be very much turned out. So, you want to make sure your hips are nice and loose for this position; otherwise, you could strain a little bit. So, for this position make sure that your weight is evenly distributed, not too far front or forward so that you can have a nice tall position. And finally, for fifth position, which is the most turned out, you will have the toe of one foot to the toe of the other. Again, nice and tall, turned out, squeeze, and that's fifth position. So, for any of these five positions, there are two main moves that you can go into. So, we'll start from first position. You usually going to go into either a plie or releve. So, plie, being down. A releve, being up on the toes. So, you can do a demi plie which is a slight bend or a grande plie, which is a larger bend. Most of the time, for a demi plie, it'll be as far down as you can go without lifting your heels. For a grande plie, you'll lift the heels, keep the chest up. So, again, demi plie and grande plie. Now, in second position, because you have a wider base of support, it's easier to execute the demi plie and the grande plie with more comfort in your knees. So, demi plie and heels up, grande plie. For the releve, you want to come up on the balls of your feet because that's the most padded part. So, you might see people trying to come up on their toes; but, unless you're wearing pointe shoes, you really don't have enough support to sustain that. So, for releve, up on the balls of your feet and down. Up on the balls of the feet and down. You should feel this muscle contraction down the inside of your thighs, just make sure to go with it, keep the hips turned out, bring the shoulders back and releve. For more information, check out our website at www.bodylingo.org. I'm Sabrina Moxie, have a great day.

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