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Guest Princess_Pointe

Hey, I'm confused about some of these moves. :bouncing: Can some one please help me? I can do the actual positions, but i'm getting confused about the arms. Ok here's the move:


Attitude Ordinaire A Terre.


Chasse Passe en avant to Croise into Attitude ordinaire a terre. Which arm is held up (vertical)? Right or left. I originally thought it was the right, but now i'm not so sure.



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Hi Princess Pointe. I know that you are new here, but there is to be no posting of e-mail addresses on the board for your age group. This rule is here for your own safety, as many people (most of them good :bouncing: ) read this board. Once you have been here for at least 2 weeks and have contrrbuted at least 30 "meaningful" posts, you can be admitted to the buddy board, which is a safe place where you can feel free to exchange your e-mail address with other people your age. You can use the edit button below your e-mail to remove your e-mail. Thanks.


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Princess_Pointe, as allegrafan has already pointed out, please refrain from posting your email address in this forum. Also please use proper English when writing as we do have many posters from outside of the USA!


As for your question, I am not sure I understand your terminology. Perhaps Major Johnson or Ms Leigh are more familiar with your terms. Sorry! :shrug:

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Hello Princess Pointe, welcome to the Young Dancers' forum here on Ballet Talk for Dancers. :D


I'm afraid that your terms are a bit different than we use, too. I might make a guess that attitude ordinaire à terre could be what we sometimes call "B+", which is a pose used a great deal in classical ballet. It is the one where you stand on one leg, usually croisé, with the back leg bent and crossed at the knees. If that is the position you are talking about, the arms can be in any position that the choreographer or teacher wants them. The arm positions can vary depending on the style of the choreography. They can be in à la seconde, or demi seconde, they can be in 5th en haut, or they can be in a third position with either arm up. :shrug:

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Sorry guys! I didn't know about the e-mail thingy! Sorry again. thanks for the replies and also sorry about the short text! I keep doing that still and i know i shouldn't :wink:

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OK, PrincessPointe, if you're talking about "boilerplate" RAD terminology, that is, the "dictionary definition", just as it comes out of the book, the same arm is lifted in 5th en haut as the working leg. But "real world", it is just as Ms. Leigh has described to you.

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