By Jane Hackett

Introducing the language of dance and making it effortless to appreciate and have in mind, How to...Ballet indicates prima ballerinas step-by-step directions from uncomplicated routines to extra complicated arabesques, pirouettes, leaps, and jumps or even how one can glance the half, with invaluable suggestion from the pros.

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A battement glissé that’s lifted high into the air. grand jeté Big throw. A high jump in which the weight is transferred from one leg to the other. grand plié Big bend. A full bend of the knees with the body upright. hamstrings Medically, this word refers to the tendons at the back of the knee, but it’s commonly used for the strong muscles running up the back of the legs that are attached to these tendons. devant In front. développé To unfold. A smooth, unfolding movement of the leg. échappé To escape.

Coppélius. The Royal Ballet’s Roberta Marquez as Swanhilda and Luke Heydon as Dr. Coppélius. A young man (Franz) is fascinated by the old toymaker Dr. Coppélius and the life-sized doll in his window (Coppélia). Franz’s girlfriend (Swanhilda) is jealous—she and her friends creep into Dr. Coppélius’ workshop and pretend to be his dolls. Dr. Coppélius believes he has succeeded in bringing the dolls to life until he realizes that he’s been tricked. Later, when Franz and Swanhilda marry, the whole village celebrates, and Dr.

At 21, he left to pursue a freelance career and has since performed with companies all over the world, including the Tokyo Ballet, the Stuttgart Ballet, the National Ballet of Canada, The Royal Ballet, and American Ballet Theatre in New York. He is a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. Ivan Vasiliev 1989  Stocky and powerful, Ivan Vasiliev has often been compared to both Rudolph Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov. Born in Vladivostok, Russia, he is a principal at the Bolshoi Ballet, where his incredible jump is shown off in Spartacus, Don Quixote, La Bayadere, and Le Corsaire.

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