Simple Ballet Barre Warm-Ups
Ballet can be fun, but without a proper warm up, you can seriously hurt yourself and it will be harder to get skills. The most important warm-up is going over the five basic positions. This includes first, second, third, fourth, and fifth position. Arms and feet are placed in specific locations and must have a specific form.
Tendu, which means “to stretch,” is also a very important warm-up which prepares you for other skills. You always want to achieve a good turnout. Tendu should be done in first, second, and fifth position. After that, you can start on relevé. Relevé should also be done after each tendu set is done. For example, you start with first position, and you tendu on each side. After that, you go on relevé , and try to balance. Next is plié, which you do in first, second, and fifth position. Plié means “to bend the knees.” Try to keep your hips squared, and to bend the knees outwards, not inwards.
The next warm-up is grand plié, which involves full bending of the knees. Grand pliés are great for gaining strength in your legs and ankles. The next exercise is grand battement. For this exercise, you want to keep your leg straight, and kick into the air as high as possible. Remember to keep your hips squared while performing these. Grand battement exercises can help you gain leg strength and achieve a high leap. The last warm-up that one can do is a rond de jambe, which means “around the leg” and involves moving the leg in a circular motion.
Throughout the warmups, try to stay on beat with music, and keep your legs straight. But as you may know, improving strength, balance, and flexibility can be good for any athlete or any person who exercises. Thus, ballet warm-ups aren’t just for ballet dancers. They can be used to exercise in general and gain strength!
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