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Warming Up


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Guest Ashlee2

Does anyone know of a good, healthy way to warm up at the beginning of rehersals? I do my own thing, but it doesn't seem to work. I'm just trying to find something that will work for me. Thanks! :)

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I am not quite sure of your age or your level, however, the best warm up before a rehearsal is a class taught by a competent teacher. This should include a full barre, with a full centre. If your rehearsal is held an hour or more after your class there is no prescribed answer, each dancer has different needs. Include plies (demi and grand), tendus, jetes, rond de jambes, fondus, adagio and grand battement to put yourself back on track for rehearsal. If your rehearsal is on pointe you may also like to include some pointe work and allegro.

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Message deleted due to nature of post. tutu22 please contact the administrators of Ballet Talk. I am not able to PM you or email you. Thank you.

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tutu22, have you had a class before you do your cold entrance into ballet? Sorry, I cannot give such irresponsible advice and neither should you. While you may feel this way works for you, it could be dangerous for you and others. Your advice is not the way one should ever approach serious work in ballet.

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tutu22, I know you are relatively new here, so please take some time to read the forums and especially the "Sticky" topics and the descriptions of topics. Young Dancers are not allowed to give advice on technical issues. Dancers ask questions, teachers answer. Dancers may then add anecdotal experiences relating to the topic, but it must not be "ADVICE".

 

In terms of this topic, I think it is an important one, as I'm sure there are a lot of our young dancers who do not know how to warm themselves up for a rehearsal or performance. If a class is not given by an instructor, then the dancer must do her own class. As vrs said, you must do barre and center work, and if dancing on pointe also warm up your pointe work following the barre and at least a little bit of center. If there is no place to do center, at least do a full and proper barre! :)

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If i may add, for those cases in which you are running late or something and have only a few minutes, there is something i used to do at the beginning of every class called the therapuetic barre which is a series of movements that progressively warm up and stretch the body. it is about five minutes long and goes through the usual progression of a class. i dont know where you could learn it, perhaps one of the moderators here knows what i am talking about and how to find it.

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Yes, Constanza, I know Therapeutic Barre, and used it religiously for many years. I no longer use it on a regular basis, but I do try to teach it to my students so that they have it when they need it.

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