Four – Port de Bras + Adage + Pirouette


Stretching Exercises
Balletic ASCENT FROM the floor


PORT DE BRAS



Stand facing the front, right foot front in 3rd position, and arms 5th en bas.

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

5-8

Introduction – Hold the position
Open the right arm to demi-seconde and close
Lift the right arm to lyre position and close
Repeat with the left arm
Reverse port de bras through 2nd position and then pausing in 5th en haut
Continue reverse port de bras through 5th en avant, 5th en bas, 2nd position, and finish in a lyre position for girls and an open 5th en haut for boys (palms facing each other)



Notes:

The reverse port de bras movement is intended to encourage the use of the upper back muscles and to show the correct shoulder alignment for strength through all the 5ths and 2nd position.  The head should show the correct movements with freedom of movement using eye focus and a slight turn of the head. If the eyes lead the movement then the chin will face the correct direction. While the arms lift, the shoulders pull down like the opposing movements of the weights and a lift, drawing a large circle in the air with the fingers.


ADAGE



Stand in 1st position at wall 7 facing corner 1.

1-4
1-2

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

Introduction – Hold the position
Lift right arm to arabesque height (the higher arm in 3rd arabesque) and lower
Run forward and lift arms to 3rd arabesque
Balance on a rise in 1st position
Lower heels in 1st position maintaining arm line
Tendu left foot to arabesque à terre and hold
Close left foot to 1st, lower arms to 5th en bas, turn to face corner 2
Repeat all to the other side



Notes:

The upper arm should not be above eye level. Emphasize the pull up on the supporting leg and through the body as you lower from the rise and then transfer the weight onto the supporting leg when the working leg extends to the back in arabesque while keeping the weight over the supporting toes.


PIROUETTE



Face front in 1st position.

2 counts = 1 bar

1-4

1
2

3
4
5-8
1-16
1-32

IntroductionPlace the arms either on the shoulders or to second with wrists flexed
Rise
1/4 turn to the right, using little steps to face wall 8 leaving the head at wall 5
Lower the heels
Bring head to new front
Repeat to face the back
Repeat 2 more times for remaining two quarter turns
Repeat all to the left