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Friday, August 17, 2018

Fun Friday Puzzles

Fun Friday Puzzles

Want to shake up the usual ballet class? Break out of the expected standard mold without sacrificing technique? Here you go.

For the center portion of the class, write down various ballet steps on small pieces of paper. One third of the papers have linking steps on them, like glissade or chassé; the other two-thirds have all the other steps, like turns or jumps or poses.

Divide the class into small groups and have each group randomly (without looking at the papers) select two or three linking steps and an equal amount of other steps. Now set them to work making up combinations with the steps they chose. They can’t add any other steps, but they can reverse steps and change directions, etc.

Students will soon discover that some things work better together than others, but the challenge is to find a way to put things together anyway.

Try it! It’s a fun way to challenge students and develop their sense of space and choreography.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #21tt:
“Distribute papers with various steps written on them.”

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