<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>I use the term working leg and standing leg - doesn't seem confusing to the students.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>i agree - doesn't bother the students. its other teachers who object, due to the inference that the 'other' leg isn't WORKING! you know, they say 'but BOTH legs must be WORKING' - fair enough....<P>so these terms have semi-disappeared in australia. the best teachers would have dropped them, most of the time. others would be behind the times and still use them, because after all, as you say, they're USEful! sometimes it's just habit, sometimes it's a pain having to come up with an alternative expression, but, you know, 'political correctness'....with an underlying good rationale....so,we move on!<P>basheva, here (and in england) we use 'ports de bras' for body bend (including forward) -which, as i say, i regard as an INaccurate description, but this IS the usual, and cambrée for backbend. but i am just inventing my own usage, as described above, based on logic rather than tradition (shock, horror!
)<P>you speak of the pliés in the 'open positions' disappearing, but we regard 2nd and 4th as the open positions. (and i know you use 2nd). <P>Cecchetti is the only source i know of, for the 'open 4th' position, also called '4th opposite 1st'. of course everyone uses the 4th opposite 5th; it's the other one which is disappearing.<P>we never use 'half-toe' (nor in england) because it relates to the idea of 'going on toe' (for pointe work) - which is considered a REALLY bad thing to say/dreadfully UNcool! - only people who know nothing about dance talk about 'toe-work' - and my, do they get quickly 'corrected'!
<P>i'm confused by your description of petits battements, so i'll leave that for another time......<P>btw, battement (and batterie) are masculine terms, so they have 'petit' with them, rather than 'petite'. actually, THAT's another difference in usage: i noticed elsewhere, that victoria and basheva talked about 'petite batterie' - we regard 'batterie' AS 'petit', i.e. as SMALL, so we never qualify batterie as small. it's redundant!<P>'grand allegro' (or is it grande?) includes batterie within the 'grand' steps....<P>BUT, then if we specifically wanted to talk about a huge beaten assemblé or something, we would have to call that grand batterie, i suppose, but i've NEVER seen that expression. to us, batterie just IS small, by definition.......maybe it's because the actual BEAT is small/neat/precise/whatever, even when the step is a big one like six de volé, for example.....<P>hmm, puzzler....that explanation'll do me, i think!<P>dear purple, you poor thing, sounds like you're trying too hard!
<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>sucked my stomack in, hunched my shoulders, stuck my rib cage out and pushed my neck out! <HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>where to begin? maybe with a new teacher? (that's a joke, purple!).....<P>try 'lifting your abdominals, relaxing your shoulders down (as if they are sliding down your back), forget your ribcage (or if it's prominent, 'breathe' it in), and lift your EARS, rather than elongating your neck'..........let me know if that feels different, then have a look in the mirror and see if that pleases you (& your teacher..) any better....good luck!