How To: Do a plie ballet position

The plie, many times misspelled as "plea", is commonly used ballet technique and is usually used to warm-up at the barre. When learning how to do a plie, it's important to note the differences between the demi-plie and the grand-plie, which is a deep knee bend taking your body all the way to the floor. Get your plie skills down with help from this dance tutorial.

How To: Practice beginning floor, barre, & centre ballet

In this tutorial, we learn how to practice beginning floor, barre, & centre ballet. First, you will need to learn the five basic stands that you will have in ballet. Practice doing each of these until you have them down completely. Pointing and flexing your toes is extremely important, and remember to stand up straight. Make sure you also make good use of your turn out by rotating your legs out and in. Doing bar exercises will help your posture and help you learn how to bend correctly from yo...

How To: Do the eight ballet body positions

In this dance how to video, Larry Payne demonstrates the eight ballet body positions. These positions are the basis for all ballet moves. These basic moves are great for the beginning ballet dancer. Follow along with this tutorial and you can do the eight ballet body positions.

How To: Use a wall to do split stretches

In this tutorial, we learn how to use a wall to do split stretches. Start out against a wall that has nothing around it so you can easily stretch with it. After this, face the wall and then lay on your back. Bring your legs up to the wall, then bring them out to the sides as far as you can for around 30 seconds. If someone else is with you, you can have them push on the inside of your legs to create a greater stretching effect. After this, flip onto your stomach, then slide down onto the legs...

How To: Perform easy dance steps for kids

Learn a few easy dance steps to teach young aspiring ballerinas including the tombe, pas de bourree, pirouettes and releves. In this video, choreograph a simple ballet routine for children with help from an expert: Nene Ortega is a ballroom dance instructor at The Goddess Store in Hollywood, Florida. Learn more ballet from this expert by searching WonderHowTo! You're only practice time away from ruling the dance floor!

How To: Sew pointe shoes

In every ballerina's life there comes a day where they are awarded the permission to buy their first pair of pointe shoes by their instructor. The ribbons and elastic must be sewn onto pointe shoes after they are purchased, and finding the proper placement for each can be tricky. Find out how to properly sew the ribbons on a pair of pointe shoes from someone who knows what she's talking about: Mikael Monson is an instructor specializing in ballet and pointe at the Virtuosity Performing Arts S...

How To: Do a center floor ballet routine

In this video, learn how to take exercises from the barre and take them to the center floor. Ballet dancing incorporates several positions and steps that combine to make interesting choreography. Learn a ballet routine from an expert: Lynda DeChane-Audette is the founding artistic director of the South Florida Ballet Theater and was born in Boston. Learn more ballet from this expert by searching WonderHowTo! You're only practice time away from ruling the dance floor!

How To: Make a ballet tutu

Be a prima ballerina and get a tutu! Not sure which kind? Ballet tutus have taken on a variety of different forms over the years. Learn about all the different styles of tutus from an expert in this ballet video.

How To: Perform an intermediate turn combo in ballet

In this video, we learn how to perform an intermediate turn combo. Start a preparation, then start to turn on eight count. Open up into second position on one, then plea on two. Open the arms high on the third count, then plea on four. Open in second position on five, then double pirouette and turn in. After this, for the eighth count you will land out with arms to the side slightly raised. Practice doing these movements individually, then when you feel comfortable, start to do them in one fl...

How To: Attach elastic to ballet shoes

You just got a new pair of ballet shoes but you're not sure how to sew on the elastics or where to place them? Depending on whether the shoes are canvas or leather, there are different ways to attach elastic to your ballet shoes. Learn how to attach the ballet elastics properly with advice from this video tutorial.

How To: Perform a turning open second leap

In this tutorial, we learn how to perform a turning open second leap. Start with a high shinnay on one and two, then a low shinnay on three and four. Stop with the right leg and ninety degrees to the left corner, then do a deep plea. Push off with your left foot and then take the right leg to the other corner. Hit and open second jump after this, making sure the left and right leg match each other. Rolling out of the jump, tuck the left leg and go to the front, then step up. When finished, yo...

How To: Tie ballet slippers

In this tutorial, we learn how to tie ballet slippers. First, flatted the back heel of the shoe. Next, sew the sew from the inside so the elastic isn't sticking out. Then, take the drawstring and pull the shoes on so they fit snugly. Be careful not to pull it to tight. Then, tuck the string back into the shoe, don't tie it into a bow. Even if your foot grows, you can loosen the shoe up. If you have a point shoe, it also has elastic that get attached to the back. You will place ribbon into the...

How To: Tie the ribbon on pointe shoes

In this video tutorial, viewers learn how to tie the ribbon on ballet shoes. Make sure that the elastic and ribbon are properly secured on the shoe. Begin by flexing your foot. Take the inside ribbon and loop it across the top of your foot. The outer side ribbon will go over the inner ribbon. Pull the ribbons tight enough , so that there are no gaping or sagging. Then wrap the ribbons around the ankle and tie it together. Now tuck the tie under the flat part of the ribbon. This video will ben...

How To: Perform a beginner turn combo in ballet

In this video, we learn how to perform a beginner turn combo. Start with a channey then turn on relevea, then turn right and left into a preparation. Do one pirouette to the right, then up and relevea. Plea, then go into another pirouette while changing your arms up above your head. Practice these moves by themselves, then when you have them individually down try doing them together. You may want to practice this in front of a large mirror to see if you have the correct body movements down. W...

How To: Properly tie your pointe shoes

Elizabeth while showing us the way to tie your pointe shoes tells us to put the foot through the elastic first and then put some padding on and then stick your foot inside the shoe. Adjust the ankle part of the shoe properly after stretching the elastic up. You can use the thumb to get the shoe properly in. To tie the ribbon take the right side and take it up to the ankle and not further and same with the other end too. Make the two ends meet at the back of the leg. Then double knot the two o...

How To: Do the splits quickly

The splits require an enormous amount of flexibility - however, with enough practice the splits are possible for anyone. Being able to do the splits quickly requires stretching, both at the barre and on the floor, to lengthen the hamstrings. Practice basic barre and floor stretches daily with helpful instruction from this expert: Mikael Monson is an instructor specializing in ballet and pointe at the Virtuosity Performing Arts Studio/Vancouver Elite Gymnastics Academy in Camas, Washington. Le...

How To: Warm up with ballet barre exercises

Warm up your muscles with simple ballet barre exercises including: simple lies, tendus, degages, ronde de jambes, port de bras and frappes. Get a free demonstration and lesson from this ballet and pointe expert: Mikael Monson is an instructor specializing in ballet and pointe at the Virtuosity Performing Arts Studio/Vancouver Elite Gymnastics Academy in Camas, Washington. Learn more ballet from this expert by searching WonderHowTo! You're only practice time away from ruling the dance floor!

How To: Matte down ballet pointe shoes

This video demonstrates how to matte down your pointe shoes for a recital or performance. For this, you will need a makeup brush and a container of translucent loose face powder. You may cut the powder in half, adding baby powder to it. This will lighten the powder a bit.

How To: Roll through your feet in pointe shoes

Breaking in those pointe shoes, and still unsure of how to use them? This how-to video demonstrates the proper way to roll through your feet in pointe shoes. Follow along with the ballet dancer and practice proper pointe technique to achieve the full range of motion on pointe shoes, without incurring an injury. Roll through your feet in pointe shoes.

How To: Teach ballet techniques

Are you an aspiring ballet teacher? Much of teaching ballet techniques to students comes from demonstration & physical correction so that the student's muscles can learn the proper form. Learn how to teach ballet techniques from a pro teacher!

How To: Perform an attitude turn

In this video, we learn how to perform an attitude turn. First, step forward on the right foot, then cross over with the left foot. Then, lunge into the right leg with the arms open in second position. Do a deep plea and press up with the left leg into attitude. Reach your left knee back to your right shoulder to have the proper placement. Do this in front of a large mirror so you can see your body placement in the mirror, and use counts so you know when to do each movement. The counts should...

How To: Do the Switch Firebird leap in ballet

In this video, we learn how to do the switch firebird. Start with a chasse on the left foot, taking three steps. From there, take one more step with the right foot, then brush the left foot forward. Take a nice big plea in the right leg, then brush it back and jump off the ground jumping into attitude and hitting the top of the head. Get as high as you can turned out. Use the plea to help you jump off the ground. Practice these in individual counts, then practice in one fluid movement in fron...

How To: Have correct ballet placement & postural alignment

In this how-to video, you will learn how to do proper placement or postural alignment in classical ballet. First, make sure the tail is down, the ribs are in, and the back as flat. Also, make sure the arches are up and fingers are relaxed. You want to create as much space between the armpit and hip as possible. Do not stick the rib cage out and lift up the pocket muscles. Let the back be free. The legs pull down to the ground while pulling everything up and out. Just remember, bring the bones...

How To: Teach the pas de chat ballet move to 3-4 year olds

If you want to teach your small children how to dance ballet, then this how to video is the place to start. In this lesson, North Dakota Ballet Company's Mary Noel shows you a fun way to teach young students how to do a pas de chat. The pas de chat means "step over the cat" in French. This method, set to the rhyme od "Jack Be Nimble" and uses small unlit candles. Watch this tutorial and you will be able to teach your children the pas de chat ballet dance move. Teach the pas de chat ballet mov...

How To: Do a barrel turn

You will get a look at how to successfully perform a barrel turn. You will see a walkthrough as to which techniques to use to complete this move. You will also see just what kind of shape you will create while in the air as Brianna demonstrates the technique on the floor.

How To: Do ballet barre exercises

A few basic ballet barre exercises include tondues, plies, frappes, degages and pirouette preparations. Learn some of the foundational barre exercises for classical ballet with help from an expert: Lynda DeChane-Audette is the founding artistic director of the South Florida Ballet Theater and was born in Boston. Learn more ballet from this expert by searching WonderHowTo! You're only practice time away from ruling the dance floor!

How To: Sew ribbons onto ballet pointe shoes

When a girl gets her pointe shoes, it signifies a graduation - A step up in the ballet world. The only problem with picking up your first pair of pointe shoes from a store, is that they don't come with the ribbons sewn on! Learn how to sew your own ribbons on your pointe shoes. Besides your pointe shoes and ribbon, you'll need a needle, thread and scissors to complete this task. Learn how to sew ribbons onto your pointe shoes with help from this tutorial.

How To: Sew ballet shoes

Every new pair of ballet shoes needs their elastics sewn on to fit the individual personally. In this video, learn a few tips on sewing in the elastic and satin ribbons with help from a ballet expert: Lynda DeChane-Audette is the founding artistic director of the South Florida Ballet Theater and was born in Boston. Learn more ballet from this expert by searching WonderHowTo! You're only practice time away from ruling the dance floor!

How To: Break in a pair of pointe shoes

Maybe not everyone's aware of this, but when bought, pointe shoes are incredibly tough and when not broken in, painful to wear. In this video, learn how to break in new pointe shoes to make them easier to dance in. They can be bent, molded, massaged and even scraped to get the proper flexibility and traction. Find out how to safely break new a brand new pair of shoes with helpful instruction from an expert: Mikael Monson is an instructor specializing in ballet and pointe at the Virtuosity Per...

How To: Teach preschool level ballet

Interested in taking your ballet skills to the classroom? In this video, learn how to go about teaching preschoolers how to dance and how to get your youngsters excited about this new form of exercise and skill in their life! Get some great tips on games to teach your preschool students to keep them occupied and keep that smile on their face!

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