How to Perform Easy Dance Steps for Kids

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A few easy dance steps for kids to perform are the fundamental steps practiced in every class including tombe, pas de bourree, pirouettes and releves. Choreograph a simple ballet routine for children 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 Apprentice Ballet School in Hollywood, Florida. In this clip we're going to show you how to perform easy dance steps for children. Alexander, if you hear in my classroom when I said, please make up a dance out of the things you learned, what would you do? I would probably do my favorite thing. What is that? I like the Tomb? Pas De Bourrees, I like fifth position, I like Pirouettes and I love Releves. Releves, o.k., and my class is at the end of the class, each student has the opportunity to show us what they've learned in class. They may have used their favorite steps and also teaches them to be on the stage, they get used to getting up in the front of a lot of people when they do it everyday in class. We're going to start with the exercises that come from the bar, put them together into steps, the steps become a part of combination. So in this particular combination Alexander, let's do a Tomb? Pas De Bourree, then we're going to do a small Glissade, glide to the side. Chaines, and start in, and land in fifth and then you're going to Changement in fifth, four times. Two, three, four, excellent, very good. Another way is to go across the floor, is going to Allegro. So now I'd like you to do a Grande Jete? in this direction, start with your preparation, and go ahead and go. Grande Jete? means like a jet, a jet would go from one place to another, a dancer goes from one leg to another. Would you like to see that again? Go ahead Alexander, one more time honey, just do your preparation. Some advice I would have for teachers who are training small and young children, is not to play down to them. They actually love to aspire to the big professionals, so make it interesting, make it fun, let them use their imaginations, let them create their own dances at the end of the training period. This been Lynda DeChane and thank you for watching.


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