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Ballet Break Down each week explores one of the four major components from a classical ballet class (adage, pirouette, petit allegro, and grand allegro), all at the barre and in one hour.
ANATOMY OF BALLET SERIES
1. THE HIP MUSCLES
Join Jennifer in exploring the hip muscles and how they work in our ballet technique. This class offers an anatomy lesson with images, floor and standing explorative exercises, and then ballet exercises focusing on the activation of the hip muscles. 1 hour.
4. THE HEAD
Class four of the series studies the use of the head in Classical ballet technique (specifically Cecchetti style). We will not look at any bones and muscles in this class, we will merely discuss the role of the head in technique both physically and artistically.
For this hour-long class, we will be predominantly at the barre.
2. PORT DE BRAS
In our second class of the series, we explore the anatomy of the port de bras (movement of the arms). The muscles and bones of the shoulders, upper back, and arms are pinpointed through visual aids, and stretch and strengthening exercises. The class ends with a long port de bras combination and a stretch.
5. THE HIP AND RIB CONNECTION
For class five, we talk about the integrity of the rib cage and how to stabilize the ribs in a variety of ballet movements. The interesting thing about the ribs, when you don't know how to stabilize them, they have to power to pull all of you out of alignment. And in ballet, alignment is everything!
Much of the class will be performed on the mat. We will explore our rib stability and rib/hip connection through simple Pilates exercises peppered with ballet movements. We will then come to the barre to see how this all comes together.
"How in the world are you supposed to lift your leg to the back like that!?" There are a few important things to know when performing a successful arabesque, and they are very much connected to the manipulation of your anatomy. In this class, Jennifer will lift the veil on the mystery of the arabesque. We will look at the anatomy as it is occurring in the movement, talk about correct and incorrect arabesques, and then target the proper arabesque muscles through strength and stretch exercises on the floor and at the barre.
6. THE FEET
The feet play a huge role in our ballet technique. Understanding the anatomy of your feet will not only assist with better foot articulation in ballet, but will also help in preventing injuries, developing a stronger connecting to floor, and thus control of the leg.
Misalingment in the feet can easily create misalignment in the rest of the body - so we want to get this right.
In this class we start by looking at the bones of the foot and exploring the foot's make-up through massage. We then move on to basic foot strengthening exercises, and lastly to a mini-barre with focus on the feet in plie, tendu and degagge.
You will need a bath or beach towel for this class, a mat and a barre (or something like a barre).