By Mignon Furman
Batterie is often overlooked in classes when time is a consideration. So make sure the first allegro combination is suitable to be performed with batterie. For example, if the warm-up is four sautés in first and four changements, the changement can be changed to royale (changement battu). Or try four changement and two échappé sautés. Beat the changement and the closing movement of the échappé.
When beginning the allegro section of class, make the first combination simple, with small jumps off of and alighting on two feet. Tell your students to think of the feet pushing the floor away. I remember well my teacher, Anna Severskaya, a leading teacher in London, saying, “Treat the floor as your enemy”—push it away—“and it will be your best friend.”