For my last article of the year, I would like to write about more advanced ballet positions. First and foremost, it is very important to stretch and warm-up your muscles. A couple of crunches or jumping jacks should do the trick. Or simply run in place for five minutes. Before doing these exercises, it is important that you do stretches to open your hips and any other parts of your body that you think is necessary.
Tendú: This step is probably the most fundamental dance move next to the five positions covered in the last article. Every professional dancer had to learn this move in their first dance class. With these steps, I recommend holding onto a wall or piece of furniture to maintain your balance. The step requires you to stand tall in first position with your spine elongated and your stomach engaged. You may leave your arm down while first attempting these steps. The next step would be to push the bottom part of your foot against the floor. While doing this, you are to start slowly pointing your foot so that all of your toes are nice and elongated. Make sure your foot is turned out so that the soles of your feet can be seen from the front of you. Your foot should remain on the floor while doing this. Make sure your hips are square so you don’t form an uneven hip line. Lastly, when going back to first position make sure you lead your foot with your toes and then close into first position.
Front view of Tendú
Dégagé: This step is very similar to Tendú, but it has some slight differences. This step requires you to be in the same position as in Tendú. But instead of keeping your foot on the floor in the Tendú position, you will lift your foot off the floor so that your foot is elevated above the floor. I recommend practicing this move a couple of times in order to gain speed. Make sure you go through the Tendú before lifting your foot off of the ground. After lifting your foot off the ground, make sure you lower it into the Tendú position, then bring your toes in, and close into first position.
Coupé: This move is quite different from the other steps I just mentioned, but once practiced enough times, it is pretty easy. In order to do this step, I first recommend that you place your feet into fifth position. Then, with your front foot, push your heel up while maintaining turnout. Next, push your toes off the floor, and glide your toes up to your ankle bone. Make sure that your foot is turned out, and make sure your ankle is jutting out in the front while the toes are still connected to the ankle bone
These are all the steps that I will be sharing for this article. I highly recommend that you first master the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth positions in order to get use to moving the different parts of your body. Make sure to not strain yourself, and most importantly, have fun.