Tombe’ Pas de Bouree: ‘The Gateway’ and Kicking Yourself in the Butt :O)

September 1, 2011 § 2 Comments

I have been learning so much these past few months going between various teachers in several ballet studios in Berlin! Now it is nice to finally sit down and share one of the things that I discovered is super-important in moving from beginner’s technique into intermediate and advanced technique.

It seems so easy, it is a series of steps we always do and forget to focus on improving…perhaps we feel it is just a way to get from point A to point B, rather than an important part of the dance itself. It is the wonderful transitional step, the traveling tombee pas de bouree (let’s abbreviate it to ‘TpdB’ from now on, yikes!). Remember, in this post I am talking about a traveling TpdB that often leads up to a pirouette, or in grand allegro, not the smaller pas de bourre’ by itself in petit allegro.

There were 2 big TpdB things that I learned recently in Matthew Thomas‘ 3-day adagio summer ballet workshop in Berlin:

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WIll I Ever Be At Least an OK Dancer?

May 3, 2011 § 4 Comments

This is a little anxiety question that likely lurks in the back of the minds of many of us who take or have taken adult beginning ballet classes. Naturally if we have an interest in starting ballet at an er, advanced age, chances are we have seen some kind of professional ballet dancing. We see the bodies of professional ballet dancers and see they are perfectly tuned instruments to bring music to life, and they make everything look so easy.

Hmmph.
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Ballet Photo & Video Dictionary

March 14, 2011 § Leave a comment

You have started your classes and are now being inundated with all these….moves…and…French words! What is a person in adult beginner ballet to do to make sense of all of it?

Here is one of the most handy-dandy resources I have ever found online. It is a wonderful photo and video ballet dictionary put together by the wonderful American Ballet Theater. Want to see how a certain movement or pose that you are having trouble with is done correctly, by a professional ballet dancer?

American Ballet Theatre’s Ballet Dictionary

A dictionary of videos of ballet moves! And the descriptions help a lot too.

I know if I keep watching that jete’ entrelace’ video over and over I will finally get it!

How to Start in Adult Beginner Ballet

February 20, 2011 § 27 Comments

So you are ready to start adult beginner ballet….and you are over 18!?!?! You’ve come to¬† good place to learn about ballet for the over 18 and under 180 (degree turnout haha) crowd.

Well awesome! Hopefully you are surrounded by supportive and open-minded people who dig the idea of you doing something completely out of your comfort zone. If you aren’t, well, who cares what people think anyway.

So let’s talk about what you will need to get started in that first class!

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