How to Dance Ballet

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Ballet dancing incorporates several positions and steps that combine to make interesting choreography. See a few basic steps that every ballerina should know with help from a ballet artistic director in this free video on ballet dancing.

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This is Lynda DeChane from the South Florida Ballet Theater; home of the Florida Princess Ballet School in Hollywood, Florida. In this clip we're going to show how to dance ballet. By taking some of the exercises from the barre that become steps; the steps become part of the piece of choreography that the dancer is either put together herself or the, the instructor or the ballet mistress from the company. Alexandra is going to demonstrate a bourree; then she's going to add a plie degage going to a piquet turn, a chaines turn and then an arabesque. These steps combine together can repeat themselves and or add new steps. She's going to come back again and she's going to do tombe part of bourree. Tombe means to fall; bourree again fifth, a glissade, a pas de chat and another poisoon turn and finish. More and more routines are put together this way. We start with the first part of the routine, add the second part of the routine until we complete the complete choreography. One more thing we like for you to do is whenever on, "Do you remember your positions, your lines of the body?" From fifth position go to, "Yes", croisee devant. Go to fifth; en face. "No en face would be to the face to the front; efface, open; ecarte, to the corner; a la seconde, to the side; close and back. Ecarte derriere, to the back corner; a la carte en derriere, to fourth and cloche derriere, behind you. These eight positions in lines of the body are very important. Whenever a dancer performs she knows that she must face different areas on the stage and these lines are how to do that and also look beautiful at the same time. This has been Lynda DeChane and thank you for watching.


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