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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!





Playlist



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.





Plié

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.

Re




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

reverse


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.




Degagé


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.






Piqué


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.





Adagio

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



Frappé

1: double front

2: double back

3: double front

4: double side

5: double side

6: double front

7: double side

8: double back


reverse


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.




Balançoire

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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