6 – Grade 1 – Entering + Barre


This material is for students at least 7 years of age. Props may be used in the dances only.  Other use of props is intended for classroom purposes and are not used in the exam. All material in the exam will be demonstrated together with the exception of the dance. If a child seems insecure the children will be asked if they are used to performing their dance separately or together.


ENTERING THE ROOM



1-4

5-8

Student 1 runs in to take place in a line across the center of the roompause    Student 1 says “Good morning/afternoon Mr/Mrs/Miss ——, I am ——”
Student 2 repeats above Students together say “Good morning/afternoon” to the pianist



THEORY

Students will show the examiner 1st, 2nd and 3rd positions of the feet with the correct transference of weight as the examiner says these positions before running to the barre. Students may be asked the 4 corners of the room individually or together, for example one child may be asked to point toward 2 corners and the other toward the other 2 corners.



BARRE

All exercises at the barre commence facing the barre (except No. 6) with arms 5th en bas at commencement and end of each exercise.


1) Preparatory Warm Up



Stand with feet parallel facing the barre.

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

Introduction – Hold the position
Place hands on the barre
Roll right foot up to a full pointe
Roll right foot down to the floor
Repeat with the left foot
Slowly rise
Slowly lower heels
Repeat the rise and lower of heels
Repeat all starting with the same foot



Notes:

The aim with this exercise is to show the foot articulation while standing and concentrating on the correct foot alignment.


2) Pliés



Stand with feet in 1st position facing the barre.

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

Introduction – Place hands on the barre
Tendu right foot to 2nd, lower the heel in 2nd
3 demi pliés in 2nd position
Tendu right foot in 2nd and close in 1st
3 demi pliés in 1st position
Tendu right foot in 2nd and close in 3rd devant
3 demi pliés in 3rd devant
Tendu right foot and close in 1st
Slow rise and hold
Lower heels
Lower arms 5th en bas and hold



Notes:

This exercise adds to previous levels’ 3rd position and incorporates a rise with continued emphasis on the importance of maintaining body posture, turnout, lengthening of the spine, transfer of weight, and showing articulation of the foot in the tendus.


3) Battements Tendus



Stand in 1st position facing the barre

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

7-8
1-16

Hold the position
Place the hands on the barre
Tendu right foot devant with articulation
Close into 1st position
Repeat with the same foot
Tendu right foot to 2nd position
Lower heel in 2nd position
Transfer weight onto the right foot to point left to 2nd (transfer with straight legs)
Close left foot into 1st position
Repeat the whole exercise on the other side



Notes:

As in previous levels, this exercise introduces transfer of weight. Hands should move along the barre with that transfer of weight. 


BARRE


4) Retirés



Stand in 1st position facing the barre.  

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3-4
1

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

Introduction – Hold the position
Place the hands on the barre
Slide the right foot in to cou-de-pied with the right ball of the foot on the floor (the heel placed slightly in front of the left ankle)
Pull the right foot up to point the toe at the left ankle
Lift the right leg to retiré position
Lower down to the ankle
Return the right foot along the same track to 1st position
Repeat all on the other side 



Notes:

Emphasize the correct track of the working foot (taking care not to allow students to ‘sickle’) in all retiré heights whilst maintaining correct hip placement. Practice painting along the floor and up the side of the supporting leg with the working foot. A smooth movement to retiré is encouraged.


Both Jeté exercises (A & B) must be taught, but only one to be shown in the exam – teachers’ choice.

5A) Preparation for Jeté 



Stand in 1st position facing the barre.

1-2
3-4
1
2
3
4
5-16

Introduction – Hold the position
Place the hands on the barre
Tendu right foot to 2nd
Place right foot in jeté derrière position, left leg en fondu
Tendu right foot to 2nd straightening supporting leg
Close in 1st position
Repeat exercise 3 more times on alternative legs



5B) Preparation for Jeté 



Stand in 1st position facing the barre.

1-2
3-4
1
2
3
4
5-16

Introduction – Hold the position
Place hands on the barre
Demi plié
Lift the right foot into jeté derriére position, remaining en fondu
Lower the right foot to demi plié
Straighten knees
Repeat 3 more times with alternative legs



Notes:

Both jeté exercises should be practiced devant as a separate exercise. Baby toe touches the ankle in front or may be slightly off the ankle. Heel is on the base of the calf in the back.  Focus on the correct placement of the foot in jeté positionsplacement is determined by the childs’ physique.


6) Port de Bras 



Stand sideways to the barre in 1st position.

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



8
1-16

Introduction – Hold the position
Place the hands on the barre
Lift right arm to 5th en avant, lower to 5th en bas
Lift the right arm to demi 2nd, lower to 5th en bas
Repeat the above
Execute 1st port de bras with the right arm with the use of the head
Rise, arm remains in 5th en bas with head erect
Patter turn in 1st towards the barre to face the other side finishing with the left arm en avant
(meeting both arms in 5th en avant as the body passes the barre, the place the right hand on the barre and open the left arm to 2nd position)
Lower heels in 1st position, lower the left arm en bas
Repeat all on the other side



Notes:

Emphasize teaching the track of the 1st Port de Bras showing the lift to the correct height in 5th en avant and closing through demi-seconde.  The use of eye focus is continued from previous levels with the correct inclination of the head.


7) Polkas



Move from the barre to center using the same natural polka learned in Standard 1, now showing a natural head. Finish in a simple presentation pose.