One – Entering + Barre 1-3


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.


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.

1-2
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.

1-2
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

1-2
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.