4 – Standard 1 – Port de Bras + Adage + Allegro


PORTE DE BRAS


1) ARM RIPPLES AND WAVES FOR GIRLS



Commence sitting on the floor as desired, fingers touching the floor at the sides or standing in a natural 1st position

1-2
3-4
&
1-3
4
5-7

8
1-16

Introduction – Hold the position
Lift the arms to the lyre position through 2nd
Pass through 5th en haut and lower to touch heel of palms together
3 Hand ripples from wrists through to the fingertips
Sweep arms down and open to 2nd position (palms facing the floor)
3 Arm waves lifting the 3rd wave to the lyre position (waves should be no higher  than the shoulders)
Hold
Repeat all (finishing up)
Close arms after the music



Notes:

The aim of this exercise is to encourage the use of the arms from the center of the spine, to learn fluidity of movement, and awareness of the arms from the shoulders through to the finger tips, emphasizing the use of eye focus on hands.


2) ARM MOVEMENTS FOR BOYS



Commence facing corner 1 in 1st position, hands on hips.

1-6
1-3
4-6
1-5
6
1-24

Introduction – Hold the position
Open right arm to an open 5th en avant with the palm facing upwards
Repeat with the left arm
Walk towards corner 1 holding the arm line (start w/upstage leg – 5 steps)
Close in 1st position turning to face corner 2, return hands to hips
Repeat to the other side



Notes:

Focus on building awareness of strength and breadth of movement in the upper body.


ADAGE


ARABESQUES



Commence in 1st position facing the front.

1-2
3-4
1-2

3-4

5-6
7-8
9-16

Introduction – Hold the position
Tendu right foot to 2nd – arms sway to the left
Sway to the right pointing the left foot in 2nd position – arms sway to the right
Sway to the left pointing the right foot in 2nd position – arms sway to the left
Run to corner 1 lifting arms to 3rd arabesque holding a rise in 1st position
Hold the arm line while lowering the heels in 1st position
Repeat all to the other side



Notes:

This exercise may be taught with the use of ribbons, scarves, etc… to help the student achieve the correct distance of the arms in 3rd arabesque (scarf not used in exam). The sway is through a soft demi-plié. The arms sway from side to side no higher than tutu height. Reach for the stars in arabesque position.


ALLEGRO


1) SAUTÉS



Stand in 1st position. Hand placement is teacher’s choice – skirts, hips, or shoulders.

1-4
1-2
3-4
5
6-7
8
1-8

Introduction – Hold the position
Demi-plié and stretch
Demi-plié and stretch
Demi-plié
2 Sautés in 1st position
Stretch knees
Repeat all



Notes:

Emphasize the importance of the Demi-plié with the lengthening of the spine and maintaining body posture during sautés.


2) ECHAPPÉS SAUTÉS



Stand in 1st position.

1-2
3-4
1-2
3-4
5-12
13-16

Introduction – Hold the position
Demi-plié
Echappé sauté to 2nd and return to 1st position
Stretch knees and plié
Repeat 2 more times
2 Echappés sautés



Notes:

As with the previous exercise, aim to achieve the correct spine and body posture.


3) SPRING POINTS OR SPRING HEELS



Shown to the front.

Stand in 1st position, hands relaxed by the sides.

1-2
3-4
1
2-4
5-7
8
1-4
5-8

1-16

Introduction – Hold the position
Prepare hands for claps
1 Clap with the hands held to the right side, head inclined to the right
Repeat clap and head to the left, right, left
Carry arms for placement for Spring Points (teachers’ choice
Demi-plié
4 Spring Points with right, left, right, left
Slowly close into 1st with straight knees (as in the preparatory exercise) and  prepare arms for a repeat
Repeat the whole exercise




Notes:

The purpose is to teach the ability to transfer weight from one foot to the other while maintaining body posture. The clapping introduces the natural use of the head from side to side with enjoyment during the claps but without disturbing the body posture. Simple arms are to be used during spring points – E.g.   hips/skirts or behind back.


Note – Exercises 4 & 5 should be taught but only 1 to be shown in the exam (Examiner’s choice)


4) SWAYS WITH TRANSFER OF WEIGHT



Stand in 1st position

1-2
3-4

1
2
3-4

5-8
1-8

Introduction – Hold the position
Tendu right foot to 2nd and prepare arms (teachers’ choice but simple arms)
Sway to the right, tendu left
Sway to the left, tendu right
Step galop sideways to the right, step and transfer weight onto right foot pointing left  to 2nd (circle arms)
Repeat to the other side
Repeat the whole exercise



Notes:

The sways should show a demi-plié through 2nd position. Purpose is to further the ability to transfer weight from one foot to the other but this time introducing the ability to travel. The use of ribbons, scarves, flags etc. may be used to assist with freedom of movement. The feeling of the galop should be light – like a hiccup.


5) GALOPS



Stand in 1st position

1-2
3-4
1-2
3-4
5-6
7-8
1-8

Introduction – Hold the position
Tendu right foot to 2nd and prepare arms (teachers’ choice)
Sway to the right with tendu left
Sway to the left with tendu right
2 Sideways galops to the right
Recover onto the right foot, left foot pointing to 2nd
Repeat to the other side



Notes:

This exercise is taken with 2 galops to further encourage the use of movement and travel. Galop begins with a hop. No props to be used, instead simple arms to be used during this exercise E.g. hips, skirts or behind the back.


6) PREPARATION FOR POLKAS



This step is taken in a circle.
Commence with the feet in 1st position.

1-2
3-4
1-4
5-8
9-16

Introduction – Hold the position.
Tendu right foot devant and carry arms to demi 2nd to behind the back
4 Galops forwards changing to the left foot on the last galop
4 Galops forwards changing to the right foot on the last galop
2 Galops, changing feet through the 2nd galop-four times (natural polkas)
Repeat the first 12 counts then a small run and finish in own pose



Notes:

As the name suggests this step is to introduce the student to the polka movement while encouraging travel and the use of the space. Begin galops with a hop.


7) WALKS AND BOURRÉES ON DEMI POINTE



Notes:

This session continues with the movements learned in Primary – aiming for quick, light runs on the balls of the feet without shuffling. It will be presented as teacher’s own composition and may include mimes and props. Both walks and bourrées should be shown. Bourees move forward as a run. Example: 8 counts of walks on demi-point and 8 counts of bourrées.