Ballet Glossary

  • Ballet Glossary: Dégagé

    Posted May 8, 2018 by Ballet Beautiful

    Every ballet class begins with pliés followed by tendus and then dégagés. While a tendu keeps the toe on the floor, a dégagé takes this fundamental movement one step further by extending the leg up and out as the toe brushes off the floor and the leg lifts into the air. Dégagés...

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  • Ballet Glossary: Attitude

    Posted March 28, 2018 by Ballet Beautiful

    Perfect your Attitude! Learn what an attitude is and how to make the most out of this fundamental ballet step for your next Ballet Beautiful workout or ballet class! Attitude is a classical ballet position where the working leg is lifted in the air to the front (devant), side (a...

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  • Ballet Glossary: Positions of the Feet

    Posted February 28, 2018 by Ballet Beautiful

    Brush up on your Ballet Vocabulary with Mary Helen! Master the five basic positions of the feet for your next ballet class or Ballet Beautiful Workout: First position: The toes are turned out and the heels touch each other. Second position: The heels are separated about hip width apart and...

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  • Ballet Glossary: Arm Positions

    Posted February 27, 2018 by Ballet Beautiful

    Technique Tune Up! Master your Port de Bras with Mary Helen's helpful guide to the Five Positions of Ballet Arms: First position: Arms are extended to the front in a circle, with the hands in line with the waist. Second position: Arms are open wide to the sides, with the...

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