Two – Preliminary Exercises


Preliminary Exercises


1) Demi PliÉs



Commence in natural 1st position – girls holding skirts, boys with hands on hips

2 Counts = 1 Bar

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1-6
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7

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1-8

Introduction – Hold the position
3 Demi-pliés
Girls – Lift right arm to the lyre position with head and eyes following hand.
Boys – Open right arm to corner 1 with palm upwards – head and eyes turn to corner 1
Girls – Lower arm and pick up skirt – head returns to the front.
Boys – Return hand to hip – head returns to the front.
Repeat all using the left arm.



Notes:

Students should take all 3 beats to come up from the plié using one full bar for the Demi-plié. Eye line – lifted arm should be slightly to the diagonal with lifted poise and eye focus to the hand and return to the front as the arm lowers. Encourage the student to lengthen the body upwards while opening the knees outwards.  Make diamonds and windows.


2) Rises



Commence with feet in parallel position.

Introduction: 2 bars – use the introduction to prepare the arms.
Angels – hands palms together; rockets, pencils, skyscrapers – hands together above the head. Hands on shoulders or hips or hold skirt.

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3-4
5-6
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1-8

Rise and lower heels
Rise and lower heels
Rise and patter around in a full turn
Hold the rise
Lower the heels
Repeat all



Notes:

This exercise should feel as if the ankles, knees and thighs are zipped up with the weight over the balls of the feet when lowering the heels – feel the nose over the toes.


3) Walks on Demi Pointe



Commence with feet parallel.

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4

IntroductionHold the position
Rise in parallel
Walk on demi pointe with stretched knees



Notes:

Teachers may choreograph using their own ideas. Example – 12 poodle walks and a wag of tail, 13,14,15,16 Knees should be well pulled up with good poise in the upper body. Poodles, tightrope walkers, picking apples, etc.


4) Battements Tendus



Commence with feet parallel

1 count = 1 bar

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

IntroductionHold the position-girls to hold skirts, boys hands on hips
Tendu right foot to parallel devant with articulation through the ball of foot to toe
Close with articulation through the ball of foot to parallel
Repeat 3 more times with alternate feet



Notes:

Work towards the articulated tendu with pressure through the floor. Feel like you are painting stripes on or polishing the floor. Imagine a puppet string tied to the ceiling to keep tall.