From our colleague in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, Gina Sinclair Davis [thank you!]:
I have always taught Etude Lyrique
as something romantic and reflective ….perhaps Juliet? Thinking about leaving with Romeo (romantic) but sad to leave without her nurse. (reflective)
The nice thing about this choregraphy is that it dances so well with the music. It flows, it has fast, slow, deep into the ground and sweeping across it. The pose 3rd arabesque ouvert should be strong enough to hold for a moment. Be sure to fully use various eye lines. Am glad this is a dance seen by everyone.
Light, bright, joyful with strong technique and crazy travel is what Valse Printemps
is all about! Happy hyper is the energy needed. Watch out for the coupé fouette raccouri sauté
section. Keep it light, strong and TIDY!Movement Libre Poetique
is lovely…. It is warm, delicate…one of my students that did this dance last year told me that this dance/music is like finding childhood treasures and recalling the memory associated with it. When the music changes from 9/8 to 2/4 there should be different feel to your movements. I love the ending of this one…be sure to feel the drama associated with that arm reaching out with the palm up.Dance Russe
is elegant, calm, proud and very very smooth. Some people think that because it is slow/controlled it is easier than Muzurka de Salon
… WRONG! This is a hard dance. Be sure to look up costumes and dance videos to better understand the style. It is a Russian dance, but it is from Georgia. The Ladies' costume is to the floor. I have seen this style danced and they glide…they look like they have roller skates on underneath their costumes and they are being pulled by a rope. Fascinating!
Be sure to have beautiful bows or curtseys appropriate for each dance and enter the room/exit room as though it were a stage. You are ‘in performance’ from entrance to exit.
Hope this has helped.
Good luck with your exam. Gina http://www.GinaSinclairDavis.com