Today has been a perfect Sunday. Relaxing, and it’s finally “normal-cold” rather than bone-chilling cold. My sweet man took me to the movies, let me pick out a girly movie, AND bought me a gingerbread latte. Yes, perfection.
I’m so looking forward to this Holidaze movie. I love Jennie Garth, and I love Christmas. Again, perfection.
Tonight, we’re incorporating ballerina barre combinations into our challenge. Battements and grand plies are first on the agenda. Scared? Don’t be. Ballerinas are tough and so are you. You got this!
Battement (Bat-MAHN): Hold on to the the back of a chair; stand with your heels together and your toes turned out. Swing your left leg to the front, side and back 25 times. Repeat with your right leg. Be sure to keep your tummy tight, your booty tucked, and your toes pointed. **If you are flexible, try a grand battement (swing your leg higher). For the less flexible, concentrate on your form rather than how high you can swing your leg (petit battement).
Calf Raises: Hold on to the side of something sturdy (like a chair). With feet together and parallel, lift up to the balls of your feet, lower your heels, and repeat.
Grand Plie (Plee-AY): Hold on to a chair, and stand with feet shoulder-width apart. With your feet turned out, squat down and raise back up; just like a squat. Remember to squeeze your core and keep your booty tucked underneath you. You DON’T want to look like this…
Here is the correct form —
Do you feel like you need to go put on a tutu now? Yea, me too. But I feel like that every day. 😉 Please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions. I’m classically trained in ballet, so consider me your personal, virtual ballet instructor.
Merde! (Good luck in ballerina talk) Xo