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Tendu facing barre - focus on turnout and inner thigh activation

My teacher gave us this combo at least once a week. I always feel so turned out and warmed up after working through it!


This is part of my Giselle Intermediate barre, which will be published soon!


Facing barre:

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!



Music: Warm-up with Port de Bras - Rob Thaller's Repertoire vol. 2

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