How to Articulate the Foot in Ballet

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In ballet, it's really important to pass your movement through the ankle. Find out how to articulate the foot in ballet with help from an experienced classical ballet instructor in this free video clip.

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Video Transcript

Hello, I'm Lori Lahnemann, director of the Philadelphia Dance Academy and the Philadelphia Youth Ballet. And in this video we are going to talk about the articulation of the foot in ballet. It's really important in ballet to pass through the ankle, the demi pointe, and the fully stretched toes without crunching or curling your toes. This develops strength and also helps you communicate through the foot. To do that, you also need a good relationship with the floor in order to facilitate that articulation. So first we're going to show you a tendu where my student Isabel will pass through the stretched ankle, the demi pointe and length and toes. And then on the return pass through that same exact sequence in reverse. We will then show you in point shows how you press down into floor to sequence through the foot. And then create a sense of resistance as you roll down through the foot. Once again I'm Lori Lahnemann from the Philadelphia Dance Academy and in this video we showed you how to articulate the foot in classical ballet.


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