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Révérence in the end of the class


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Guest Giselle83

hello! I was wondering why only one of my teachers make us do the reverance(rather simple one) in the end of the class! And she has been the only one to do that so far. I have had about 3 different teachers before, and none of them made us do a reverance everytime!

Do you do a reverance always? How important it is? is just an old tradition? In what methods it is strictly used, if so?

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we always do reverence, usually a very simple one. with norman, we usually do port de bras forward, plie, and recover, then our bows, but sometimes he changes it a little. miss sue usually just does bows, but sometimes she does grands plies in second and port de bras. in pas de deux class, we just give a simple partnered reverence. and, we always line up and bow to teh teacher at the end of class. we just got a new teacher though, and she is not used to this tradition yet. i once had a teacher in a summer program that would hold your hand when you bowed to her one by one at the end of class, but she often forgot that she was holding your hand and just went on to the other girls without letting you go!

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Reverence is a tradition at the end of classes, and a way of saying thank you to the teacher and to the pianist. Most of us do it with some regularity, although there are times when we are running so late that there is no time! I try to do it every class, but once in a while I just have to say "thank you", and that's it! But the students still come one by one to thank the teacher. In our school it is tradition :)

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At my school, we're taught from the very beginning to line up at the end of class and each do a reverance to the teacher. Most of the teachers I've had at intensives just do a group one and don't seem to expect individuals. Is it appropriate to go to the teacher after the class is dismissed and do one anyway (assuming they aren't halfway out the door already)? What about at auditions?

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If the teacher, or the auditioner, or whoever is giving a class is just waiting about after class at the front of the room, then it's perfectly fine to make a personal, small reverence, and say "thank you", but it's not obligatory.

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We always do a reverance at the end of class and it consists of a bunch of port de bras, plies, bourres sometimes, walks and then a bow and then she says good class and thank you. Most of the girls go up and say thank you at the end and she uses that time to also give us each in individual correction or a compliment that she didn't want everyone else to hear.

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I have found that it depends a lot on the teacher--whether there is a "formal" reverance or not. In every class I've been to we always clap at the end of class, whether or not there was a reverance to close. I have one teacher who does a whole reverance combination, one who just says good class and then everyone does their own curtsy as a group, and then one who doesn't do one at all. In the few auditions I've been to we curtsied one by one to the teacher and then to the pianist.

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To reverance is to say thank you to your teacher and all the other dancers. The combination, to me at least, also serves as a great cool-down when you've been all worked up :( !!!

But its also tradition used very commonly.

Also, we always do this, its very polite to give your teacher a personal reverance as you exit.

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We always do reverance, the same one every time :) and then one by one thank the teacher and the pianist. Some teachers we have do different versions, but every teacher at my school has us do reverance. I think its appropriate, and I even enjoy it. The port de bras is very pretty :)

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There are many many different ways of doing a grande révérence, as many as there are teachers, practically. I remember one teacher I had who would give a very lengthy and elaborate one, have us do the bows and curtsies, then take a fifth position croisé and he'd stride for the door. As the music ended, he'd say some capsule comment on the class, as, "You all worked very well today", or "We need to work on petit allegro - we'll get it next time." Then he'd bow, and ZOOM! - Gone!;)

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I remember one teacher I had in San Francisco who would have us do solo reverance. We would get to run from the corner of the room to the center one by one and do whatever kind of bow that we felt like. I think we all felt a little silly but it was definitely a creative way to do reverance. :)

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Haha, my teacher does that on occasion too! I always feel so silly, but it is fun, its a nice change from our every day one :) I can never get creative enough to do a fancy one though, so I stick with the generic...

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That's kind of general, isn't it? Remember, "port de bras" means any carriage of the arms, and that includes just letting them hang down by your sides. Try that sometime looking at yourself head on in the mirror. You'll never ever do it again!;)

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Guest Luv2DancePointe

We, more often than not, do a couple of bows for our révérence. At my old studio, we did grande plie's in second and then sort of a rond de jambe around (repeat) and then bow. I liked that one alot more than our "bows" that we do. But that's ok! :cool:

Great topic!

 

~Luv2DancePointe~

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