Tendus from Fifth & Degages

In keeping with the ballet video series, I give you: Tendus from Fifth and Degages. Often we’ll first do tendus from first very slowly, making sure to focus on the turnout and pointing our feet fully and things like that, which are unfortunately not very well demonstrated in this video. :-/ Then we might do a combination like this, working the turnout more and making the feet work a little bit faster. Tendu means to stretch or exTEND so it’s just taking your feet from the starting position and stretching them in each direction.

Here is a rather strenuous degage(should be an accent on the e’s but can’t figure out how to do that: day-gah-ZHAY) combination that we do pretty frequently. Our teacher would just say 32 degages, with the arm changing every eight counts. All it is is 32 on the right, 32 on the left, then 16, 16, 8, 8, 4, 4, 2, 2, 1, 1, 1, 1. Unfortunately, as I watched this video, I realized that my feet are not actually detaching from the ground, so technically these could not be called degages. Just imagine that the foot lifts several inches off the ground each time. Also the feet should be extending to the same place and fully pointing each time and they’re really not. Lots to work on.

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