great info stacey - thanks!<P>i AM confused still, but now it looks like its me that's got the wrong info - not YOU!
<P>Tuk - i wonder: do you think the American Cecchetti Council might have a slightly different syllabus? (i know that sounds unlikely, but would you have any way to check? - that would be most interesting....)<P>in the interim, stacey - i cannot give you definitive answers - but i know Tuk will do his best for you when he has some time.....<P>given what you have copied out here, i would say:-<P>1. battements tendus - yes, plié on the closing (and stretch as you re-extend)<P>2. the grand battement thing is confusing - as there would only be enough music to do the 4 grands battements in each position. i am <B>guessing</B> that doing grands battements again in second MIGHT be an alternative to the retirés - not 'as well as'!<P>3. adage - this ending is a traditional part of cecchetti work. when i did it, we always extended the leg to arabesque, smoothly lowering to point tendu and closing to 5th, all in one smooth movement. it was permissible to extend to a LOW arabesque, rather than a high extension, if necessary - but the whole 'closing' movement was to be smooth and efficient - no jerks or stops. <P>IF one was on demi-pointe, then you would lower AS you extended the attitude leg to arabesque/on the way down. but that is only what i was taught, and what i did, and what i taught - it is not necessarily what YOU are required to do, by your teacher or your syllabus now - so best to check with your own teacher, OK?
<P>it would be great if you let us know what your teacher says - that way YOU are teaching US, as well!