Five – Allegro 4-7


ALLEGRO


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 your teacher’s own composition and may include mimes and props. Example: 8 counts of walks on demi-point and 8 counts of bourrées.