Lesson 2

Warm up facing the barre

In this lesson you will learn two of the most important moves in classical class: Battement Tendu and Plié.

1.Battement Tendu

is translated as tense, stretched. It’s a very important move to develop the feet muscles. Foot is engaged, stretched out in three points: the toes, the bridge and the knee. The ball of the foot stays on the floor as you open the leg. Battement tendu is done to all sides: front, side and back, in first or in fifth leg position.

2.Plié

Demi-plié is translated as half bend at the knees. Knees need to be pushed to the sides as much as possible. Heels stay on the ground. Plié is done from all leg positions: first, second, third, fourth and fifth. Now let’s try to do a small warm up combination facing the barre.
Both hands holding the barre. Let’s begin with the right leg. 2 tendu to the side in first position,1 press to the side in second position, 2 tendu to the side, 1 demi-plié in second position, 2 tendu to the front, 2 tendu to the side, 2 tendu to the back, Demi-plié in first position.

Let’s do the same with the left leg: 2 tendu to the side, 1 press down in second position, 2 tendu to the side, Plié in second position, 2 tendu in a cross to the front, to the side and to the back, demi-plié in first position.

Let’s continue, 6 tendu with the right leg to the side in fifth position, changing the closing of the leg. Close the seventh tendu in first position and do a demi-plié in first position. We’ll do the same with the left leg: 6 tendu to the side. Demi-plié in first position

Let’s bend to the left, right arm reaching to the side. Let’s bend to the right, left arm reaching to the side. Let’s bend back under the shoulder blades. Demi-plié and stand up in demi-pointe. Try to take the hands off the barre and stay in this position.