Barre Exercise – Why We Do What We Do…..

“Why do we have to do barre work every time we have a class?” Young ballet students ask this question all the time. The young dancers want to get right to work center floor. After all, center and across the floor is the fun part! Below is an explanation of “why” we do what we do to warm up our muscles.

 

 

 

 

Pliesto warm up the leg muscles and stretch the heel tendons (Achilles tendon)

Tenduesto warm up the muscles of the feet and ankles; for use of the foot against the floor.

Degagesto warm up the muscles of the feet and ankles; preparation of quick jumps

Grande Battementsto loosen the leg in the hip socket for leg extension in large jumps in the center

Rond de Jambe atterefor rotation of the leg in the hip socket in preparation for grande rond de jambe en l’air

Frappesfor control of the thigh; for quick stretch of the foot for jumps

Petit Battementsfor control of the thigh; preparation for beats

Rond de Jambe en l’airfor control of the thigh; for flexibility in the knee; preparation for similar allegro; rond de jambe saute and gargouliade

Fondufor bending and stretching of the knees; for strength through resistance

Developpe/Adagiofor coordination of the legs arms and head; for balance especially on one foot; for a sense of style and grace

Retirespreparation for developpe; retire releve and pirouettes

Relevespreparation for pointe work

Retire Relevespreparation for pirouettes

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