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Beginner Ballet Barre + some center - Swan Lake themed

Updated: Apr 24

Hey guys! I hope you enjoy this beginner ballet barre. My follow-along classes are designed for students who are away from their teachers or their studios and want to do some work independently. (Note - this barre is suitable for ages 5+, or students brand new to ballet) They also work great alongside my Ballet Storytime slideshows and lesson plans.





I recommend pausing after every few combos to catch your breath and drink some water! Stretch as needed, or follow up with my quick-stretch series.


Recommended Playlist

  1. Battement Tendus 2/4 (Swan Lake Ballet class vol. 1 #2)

  2. Plie 1 - Swan Lake Pas de trois (Music for Ballet Class - Repertoire vol. 1, #2)

  3. Pirouette 1 - from Swan Lake Act III (Music for Ballet Class - Repertoire vol. 1, #32)

  4. Grand Battements (Swan Lake ballet class vol. 1 #8)

  5. Pose turns (Swan Lake ballet class vol. 1 #17)

  6. Adage 1 (Swan Lake ballet class vol. 1 #13)

  7. Adage 2 (Swan Lake ballet class vol. 1 #14)

  8. Battement Glisses (Swan Lake ballet class vol. 1 #12)

  9. Battements Tendu and Pirouette (Swan Lake ballet class vol. 1 #10)

  10. Balance (Music for Ballet Class - Repertoire Vol. 2, #30)

  11. Boy's Solo from Pas de Trois (Dance with Margot, Vol. 4, #38)

  12. Petite Allegro - Swan Lake variation III (Jefferson Dalby* free download)

  13. Seigried's Solo act 3 (Dance with Margot, vol. 4, #40)

  14. Fondu 2 (Music for Ballet Class - Repertoire Vol. 2, #12)


Foot Warmup

1: ball

2: pointe

3: ball

4: heel

&5 &6: 2 pop-ups

&: pop up

7-8: plié in 1st.

repeat right and left twice


Plié

1-8: 4 demi pliés

1-4: cambré into the barre

5-6 elevé and lower

7: tendu

8: lower to 2nd position


1-8: 2 slow grand pliés

1-4: cambré away from the barre

5-6: elevé and lower

7: tendu

8: close in 5th


1-8: 4 demi pliés

1-4: cambré forward and come up

5: sous-sus and balance to the finish.

Repeat whole combination on the other side


Tendu

1-6: 3 tendu front

7-8: plié and stretch

repeat side and back, then,

1-8: sous-sus and balance, plié and stretch at the last count.

Repeat from the back.


Temps Lié

1-4: temps lié forward

5-8: temps lié backwards with inside foot

1-4: temps lié away from the barre and close

5-8: temps lié towards the barre and close back.

reverse from the back.


Degagé

1-8: 4 degagé closing in 5th

1-8: plié and passé balance, cloes in 5th plié.

Repeat en croix


Rond de Jambe

1-4: 1 rond de jambe de hors

5-8: 1 rond de jambe de hors

1-4: 1 rond de jambe de hors

5-8: cambré forward and come up

1-4: 1 rond de jambe de dans

5-8: 1 rond de jambe de dans

1-4: 1 rond de jambe de dans

5: sous-sus

6: passé

7-8: extend to arabesque and hold, balance if you can.


Adagio

1-2: passé

3-4: attitude

5-6: extend

7-8: close

repeat en croix but do not close to the side the last time;


(extra 2 counts in music)

7-9: carry from the side to the back in arabesque

10: tendu

1-2: temps lié backwards

3-4: temps lié forwards

5-8: lift to arabesque

1: tendu back

2: brush front

3-end sous-sus and balance


Frappé

1-4: 4 frappé front

4-8: 4 frappé side

1-4: 4 frappé back

5-8: wrap in sur le coups de pied and balance (flat or relevé)

Reverse from the back


Grand Battement

1-6: 3 grand battement

7-8: plié and stretch

repeat front, side, back, then,

5: battement back

&6-7&: Balançoire front and back 3x, ending back on the &

8: close

Reverse from the back


Center Tendu with Balance

starting 5th position RFF en face:

1-2: tendu front, close

3-4: Tendu side, close

5-6: tendu back, close

7-8: plié and stretch

1: tendu side

2: plié in 2nd

3-4: relevé in 2nd

5: plié in 2nd

6: tendu the left foot side

7-8: close LFF and hold.

repeat to the left.


Soutenue with Passé

Staring 5th position RFF, en face

1: tendu right foot side

2: cross over in front

3: soutenue de dans

4: Plié in 5th

5: tendu right foot side

6: cross over in back

7: soutenue de hors

8: plié in 5th

1: tendu right foot side

2: cross over in front

3: soutenue de dans

4-5: stay up in sous-sus

6-7: passé front foot (L) to the back.

8: close and plié

Repeat on the left


Sauté

1-4: 3 sauté in 1st, holding the last plié

5-8: 3 sauté in 1st, holding the last plié

1-4: 3 sauté in 2nd, holding the last plié

5-8: 3 sauté in 2nd, holding the last plié

1-16: half-tempo, 8 changements.

Music allows for a repeat.


Tombé pas de bourrée

From 5th position en face, LFF, using the back foot

1: (right) degagé

2: tombé

3-4: pas de bourrée, staying in sous-sus

5: (left) degagé out of the sous-sus

6: tombé

7-8: pas de bourée, staying in sous-sus

1: (right) degagé

2: tombé

3-4: pas de bourée, staying in sous-sus

5-6: soutenue

7: plié

8: stretch the legs, and begin one the left with the back foot.







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