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Plies - using cambré to the side

Note - When I do grand pliés, I do them as Agrippina Vaganova outlined in her book, Basic Principles of Classical Ballet (i.e. letting the heels come up off the floor, and pushing them back on almost immediately, without going all the way down). This helps stretch the soleus muscle and Achilles tendon a bit deeper, and helps protect the knees. However, if the dancer is capable of doing a grand plié to their deepest hip rotation, they should do so at teacher and doctor discretion.


To begin, tendu to 2nd position.


8&: drop the arm to un bas

1: demi plié and bring the arm from un bas to the side

2: stretch the legs straight, continuing the movement of the arm to high 5th.

3: cambré into the barre

4: come back up straight, and lower the arm to 2nd

5-8: 2 demi pliés with arms as desired

1-4: grand plié with full de hors port de bras

5-7: elevé and balance

8: lower the heels (or plié) and tendu the outside leg to close in 1st position, and drop the arm un bas


Repeat in 1st, then 5th position.

Tendu forward to 4th.


In 4th:

1: demi plié and bring the arm from un bas to the side

2: stretch the legs straight, continuing the movement of the arm to high 5th.

3: cambré into the barre

4: continue the cambré down

5-8: finish the half circular cambé sweeping the arm out to come out and up

1-4: 2 demi plié

5-6: elevé and balance in 4th

7: de tourné to the other side

8: plie and tendu to 1st position.


Repeat whole combination on the left.


Music: David Plumpton plays Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Track 2 (Phantom of the Opera)


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