8 – Grade 1 – Allegro + Dances


ALLEGRO


1) Sautés



Stand with feet in 1st position, arms 5th en bas.

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

7-8
1-8

Introduction – Hold the position
Demi plié
4 Sautés in 1st position
1 Échappé Sauté to 2nd then 1st, arms carry to demi 2nd and close in 5th en bas
Stretch knees and plié
Repeat all (finish with stretched legs)



2) Preparation for Pas de Chats



Stand at corner 3 then travel towards corner 1 with feet in 1st position.

1-2
3-4
1-2

3-4
5-16

Introduction – Hold the position
Tendu right foot to corner 1
Tiny ballet bourrées towards corner 1 finishing with a step down on a fondu ready  for a spring into
2 Pony Canters – finishing with the feet together after each canter
Repeat 2 times in a small circle then run and pose
Practice on the other side as a separate exercise



Notes:

The purpose of this exercise is to practice the lift in a pas de chat.  No turnout to be shown but the feet on the pony canters must lift to the side of the knees and show a high jump. Feel like a cat jumping up onto a fence, jumping puddles, etc. When traveling clockwise, lift the right knee first and the left knee when traveling counterclockwise.


3) Classical Walks with Natural Turn Out


Classical Walk for Girls

Girls have a softer version of music than boys.


Classical Walk for Boys

Stand at corner 3 then travel towards corner 1 with feet in 1st position.

1-2
3-4
1-3
4
and
5-12
13-14
15-16
1-12
13-16

Introduction – Hold the position
Tendu right foot devant and carry hands behind the back or to hips.
3 Walks (right, left, right) 
Point left foot devant
Lift the left foot slightly off the floor ready to step for the next set of walks
Repeat twice with alternate legs
Step to the side on the left, point right devant to corner 1
Step to the side on the right, point left devant to corner 1
Repeat all traveling in a circle passing walls 8,7,6
Small run forwards and finish in a pose




Notes:

This exercise may be shown traveling from wall 7 to wall 5 then in a circle. The walks may be taken with a swish through 1st position or with a natural lift through. The points after the 3 walks and side steps may be taken en fondu or a straight supporting leg but the body remains facing corner 1. This finishing pose may be teacher’s or student’s own choice.


4) Jetés



Stand with feet in 1st position, arms 5th en bas.

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

Introduction – Hold the position
Demi plié
1 Sauté in 1st
1 Sauté landing on left foot with right in jeté derrière position
1 Sauté into 1st
1 Sauté landing on right foot with left in jeté derrière position
4 petit jetés derrière
Repeat all on the same foot but land in 1st position on the final count



Notes:

This is an introduction to jetés with sautés in 1st to help with transfer of weight and to assist with the lift required for ballon in jetés.  Arms may be held in 5th en bas, demi-seconde, or on hips. Reverse as a separate exercise.


5) Galops and Spring Points



To be taken in a circle

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

Introduction – Hold the position
Tendu right foot devant
4 Galops forward on the right foot
4 Spring Points (right, left, right, left)
Repeat all starting with left leg
Repeat all starting with right leg
Small run and finish in a pose



Notes:

Optional use of arms throughout.  A natural head should be used.   The final pose may be set by the teacher or student, making use of steps learned in previous syllabi and encouraging travel and use of floor space.


6 ) Triplets



Series of triplet runs around the room, parallel or turned out.



Notes:

Accent is down, up, up – this is a preparation for balancés, introduced for musicality and freedom of movement.


IMPROVISATION


Teachers must use different music each lesson to encourage the students to be creative. In the examination, the examiner provides the music.

To be shown in groups of two, and two pieces of music per group.


DANCES

One dance to be shown in the exam – teachers’ choice. The dances will be shown individually.


1) Directions



Stand at corner 3 facing corner 1, in 1st position.

1-2
3-4

1-4
5-8
1-8
1-4

5-8

1-2

3-4
5-7
8

Introduction – Hold the position
Tendu right foot devant towards corner 1 and carry hands behind the back.
2 Polkas towards corner 1 starting with the right then left
4 Sideways galops to the right side, lifting right arm to the lyre position
Repeat all to the other side
Turn and run towards corner 4, lifting arm forwards to shoulder height, finish in a plié in 1st position, facing corner 4 and lowering arms to 5th en bas
3 Sautés turn around passing walls 7, 6 and finish last one to wall 5 and hold
Sauté in 1st, jeté derrière onto left foot, arms may open to demi 2nd or be held in  5th en bas
Sauté in 1st, jeté derrière onto right foot
3 Jetés derrière
Land in 1st position, lift arms to presentation position



Notes:

This dance is to show the use of the body direction and travel. Galops may be to corner or wall (depending on space). A natural head movement is encouraged.


2) Lyrical 



Stand at corner 3 facing corner 1 in 1st position.

1-2
3-4
1-2

3
4
5
6

7-8
1-4

5-8

1

2

3-4


5-8
1-4

5-6

7-8

Introduction – Hold the position
Tendu right foot devant towards corner 1, open arms to demi 2nd.
Run forward towards corner 1, arms lifting to 3rd arabesque (right arm high) and finish with feet in 1st position holding the arm line
Point left foot derrière in 3rd arabesque
Small wave of the arms in 3rd arabesque
Step to the left side en fondu towards corner 3, open arms to demi 2nd
Pointe tendue right foot devant to corner 2, arms to Sylphide position (Sylphide position – crossed wrists near ribs)
Rise and patter turn on the spot passing walls 8, 7, 6, holding the arm line
Run forward towards corner while lifting arm to 5th en haut, through 2nd and to  5th en bas – lower heels
Run lightly backwards towards corner 4, small waves with the arms in front (lifting right, left, right, left). Boys may walk
Sway through plié in 2nd to the right, carry arms across the body to the right side (face wall 5 for the sways at the end of runs or start of sways)
Sway through plié in 2nd to the left, carry arms across the body to the left side
Galop to the right side and transfer weight onto the right foot, carry arms across the body in a full circle during the galop and finish with them to the  right side on the transfer of weight
Repeat the sways and galop to the left side
1 or 2 turns on the spot passing walls 8, 7, 6, 5; wave the arms to the side  (lifting right, left, right, left)
Step on right towards corner 4, pointe tendue left foot devant to corner 1 (Sylphide position – crossed wrists near ribs)
Step towards corner 1 on left leg, arms to demi 2nd, kneel down on right knee, and finish with own arm position



Notes:

A natural use of the head is encouraged. Boys – teachers may set suitable arms.


3) Polonaise 



Stand at corner 3 facing corner 1 in 1st position.

1-3
4-6
1-3

4-12
1-3

4-6


7-12


1-24

Introduction – Hold the position
Arms open through 5th en avant to 2nd position, tendu right foot front
3 Walks forward (right, left, right) and brush the left foot through a plié in 1st to devant (just off the floor) on the 3rd count finishing in a fondu
Repeat 3 more times on alternate sides
Step to the right side finishing facing corner 2 and place the left foot derrière towards corner 4, carry the arms from 2nd position to 5th en haut
Transfer through a plié in 4th onto the left foot finishing with the right foot devant towards corner 2, lower arms through 5th en avant to 5th en bas, carry to 2nd position
Walk around passing wall 8 to corner 4, arms lifting through 5th en avant to 2nd position (right foot steps first). Finish facing corner 2 in tendu front with arms showing a 1st port de bras movement  to finish in 2nd position
Repeat all to the other side, finishing in own pose



Notes:

All walks are ballet walks articulated through the foot (not on a relevé). This dance is to encourage open, broad movements of the chest. A natural head movement should be encouraged.


REVERENCE



Girls

Stand in 1st position, arms 5th en bas

1
2
3

4
5-8

Tendu right foot to 2nd position, open arms to demi 2nd
Curtsey with the right on the ball of foot behind the left foot
Straighten supporting leg while maintaining placement of the right leg & foot
Close in 1st position, close arms to 5th en bas.
Repeat on the other side

Boys

1
2
3
4
5-8

Step to the right
Close in first
Bow the head
Lift the head
Repeat on the other side