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2 Tips for Ballet Teachers | Posture and Patterns

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By Mignon Furman

Tip 1
Over the past months I’ve noticed that many dancers I see have poor posture. The posture must be correct with the core of the body firmly held. The “baby belly” of 5- or 6-year-old children should disappear as they grow, and they should be taught to be aware of holding the abdominal muscles.

Tip 2
Young dancers must be given combinations that reverse steps so that they understand the vocabulary of ballet. For example, teach three jetés derrière and assemblé over with a repeat, and then repeat all with three jetés devant and assemblé under. Another example is two assemblés over, sissone over, pas de bourrée under with the back foot; repeat. Then reverse with two assemblés under, sissone under, pas de bourrée over with the front foot.

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