what a great enthusiastic post, danni! enjoyed reading it....i was teaching today at a summer school - but kids only.<P>my areas were notation (introduction to benesh) and repertoire (we did cygnets).<P>basheva, i love this explanation about the abdominal space and 'arriving in bits' - never heard it put that way before, and i like it a lot!
<P>danni - to do the é, for posé or piqué.....you can do what i assume basheva does (i'm guessing, here) and just use an apostrophe after the e....OR, you can hold down the "Alt" key while you press 1, then 3, then 0, on your number keypad (the pad on the right of the keyboard - i'm sure you know that).<P>hope that helps? - but don't feel you have to do these things to type french here -sometimes i don't bother, if i'm sure people will know what i'm referring to.....<P>getting back to your question: i would have responded in terms of the arc of movement that you make - i often see kids doing piqués as if it's one continous movement (up, over and down like a rainbow shape, without much of any stop in the middle!) - instead of making the movement arc in space BEFORE you reach the position at the peak.....this is hard to describe...<P>wish i could draw here!<P>when you ARRIVE on demi-pointe where you are stepping to (let's say 1st arabesque), you should be coming 'down' from your stepping movement arc, which you made to get there - NOT stepping, and then making the movement arc, which would take your body 'up, over and down' without that pause at the peak.......<P>is this making any sense at all!? i'm tired! <P>might have something to do with even WATCHING today's kids doing sports aerobics, prior to my classes, in 36 degree heat in an un-airconditioned studio!
poor kids - i made my classes easy, to compensate - they hardly jumped at all for cygnets!<P>