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 Post subject: WALTZ
PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 8:01 pm 
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Hi there. Just out of curiosity (and I would love to hear from students and teachers alike) how a waltz is taught and would also love to hear of some simple waltz routines. Forever grateful, Spangles xxx


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 07, 2004 10:31 pm 
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Spangles, what type of waltz are you referring to, a standard couple dance waltz or one of the balletic waltz steps that are performed solo?

<small>[ 08 September 2004, 12:36 AM: Message edited by: djb ]</small>


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 12:08 am 
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OOOPS. SHOULD HAVE BEEN MORE SPECIFIC WITH THIS ONE. Balletic Waltz. Waltzing side to side, en avant and en tournant would be a great start. :p


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 11:38 am 
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Here's a link to a description and demonstration of 3 different types of balancé (forward and backward, turning, and side to side) from the ABT ballet dictionary:

http://www.abt.org/education/dictionary/index.html

(This brings you to the index; scroll down to "balancé".)

These instructions specifically say to slightly jump onto your first step. However, every single teacher I had specifically requested us NOT to jump, but to transfer the weight smoothly, without leaving the floor at all. I can see that it could be done both ways, but doing it without a jump takes a bit more control. Anyone else have an opinion on this?

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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 12:43 pm 
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Note that the dictionary entry for balance' also has a link to "pas de valse," which is the traveling waltz step.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 5:35 pm 
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THANKS HEAP DJB. I personally teach it with a jump for the tinies soley to get them to move and establish weight placement but for the more experienced dancer DEFINITELY a transfer across to give a smooth appearance. Would love to hear some further feedback on this one. cheers.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 9:39 pm 
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For my youngest students, I begin with what I call a "walking waltz". With feet parallel, we just "walk" in the waltz rhythm with the first count (or walk) in plie and the second two counts of the waltz walking on 3/4 or 1/2 pointe. Of course, this is the beginning of the student's understanding that the count 1 of 123 is always down or plie, no matter which version of waltz or balance the student is executing. Sometimes for the slightly older students who are learning balance, I have them sway their arms down and up to the side to the right when the balance goes right and swaying left when going left. I feel this swaying of the arms helps the young students feel the circular movement of the step.


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Someone once told me about classes for little kids in which the children first walked across the floor like cats (in a plie) and then like mice (on tiptoe), and then did cat-mouse-mouse, cat-mouse-mouse to a waltz.


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 08, 2004 11:17 pm 
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I like that, djb! I'll make a mental note...Gina


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