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Intermediate Follow-Along Barre: Giselle

This is a fun barre designed for intermediate dancers. All of the music is from the ballet Giselle! Giselle is one of my favorite ballet stories ever. I hope you enjoy!


Foot Warmup

Facing barre:

1: Right foot: tendu front

2: flex and plié

3: tendu

4: close in plié

5-8: Repeat on the left

1: right foot, tendu side

2. flex and plié

3: tendu side

4: plié in 2nd position

5: tendu left foot

6: flex and plié

7: tendu

8: close in 1st.

repeat the whole combination starting with the left foot.


1-4: 2 demi plié

5-8: grand plié

1-3: grand plié

4: relevé

5-6: cambré into the barre

7: plié

8: tendu to 2nd position.


Slow Tendu

1-2: Right foot: tendu front, close

3-4: Left foot: tendu front, close

5: right foot: tendu side

6: roll down to 2nd

7-8: squeeze right foot back into 1st position

1-8: Repeat starting with the left foot.

1-16: Repeat whole set with tendu back instead of front.

2nd set: repeat, closing your tendu in plié. To the side, plié in 2nd, squeeze together in plié, and stretch straight.

3rd set: repeat, in fondu and closing straight. To the side, transfer the weight, squeeze together in plié, and stretch straight.

4th set: repeat, with straight legs as in set 1, but in 2nd elevé and squeeze together on the balls of the feet. lower to first.

Finish with 4 elevé in 1st, 4 relevé in 1st, 4 elevé in 2nd, 4 relevé in 2nd. Balance for a few counts and finish.

Notes on epaulement included in this video.

Variation - this combination can absolutely be done center for a turnout and pre-pointe exercise!

Fast tendu

Set 1:

1-2: 2 tendu front

3: tendu back

4: tendu front

5-6: 2 tendu side in 1st

7: tendu side, close 5th front

8: tendu side, close 5th back

reverse de dans

Set 2 (slight tempo increase)

1: tendu front

2: tendu side close back

3: inside foot tendu front

4: outside foot tendu back, close plié

5-6: inside foot coupé relevé over and back

7: soussus

8: plié


Set 3 (previous tempo resumes)

out of the plié from previous set:

1: plié tendu front

2: soussus

3: plié tendu side

4: soussus back

5: plié tendu back

6-7: soussus and check balance

8: plié

reverse de dans. balance to finish.


En croix: 4 degagé, plié, passé, plié. Front and side use arm de hors, back and side ues arm de dans.

16 degagé in 1st with port de bras.

Passé balance, passé pirouette. Balance to finish.


Set 1:

1: double piqué front

2: double piqué side

3: double piqué back

4: close 5th, degagé out

5-6: 2 en cloche

7: close 5th back

8: degagé back

reverse and repeat

Set 2:

1-2: 2 piqué side

3: 1 piqué front

4: close 5th front

5-6: 2 piqué side

7: 1 piqué back

8: close 5th back, degagé

1-8: 7 en cloche, closing 5th front

Balance in soussus and coups de pied to finish.

Rond de Jambe

1-2: pas de cheval to tendu front

3-4: rond de jambe to the back with port de bras

5-8: 4 rond de jambe a terre

1-4: grand rond de jambe en l'air at a medium height

5-8: grand rond de jambe en l'air at a high hight

1-4: grand rond de jambe to arabesque

5-8: penchée and close

1-8: circular cambré

reverse de dans

Finish with a soussus and developpé to attitude front, balance, extend to close.


1-2: fondu and extend front

3-4: fondu and extend side

5-6: fondu and extend front, carry side

7-8: 2 rond de jambe en l'air


1: double front

2: double back

3: double front

4: double side

5: double side

6: double front

7: double side

8: double back


4 counts of petite battement in coups de pied

4 counts of petite battement in coups de pied on relevé

4 counts going up and down the leg

extend side, quick balance, soutenue, repeat on the left.


Seven balançoire closing front. 2 whips and soutenue. repeat left.

facing the barre; 4 large balançoire back, to tendu front. switch feet.

Grand Battement

3 battements front, 1 battement side close back. Reverse.

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