May’s Acro and Jazz Workshop: Little Girls Dancing

For the second portion of their workshop, the younger ladies moved into the back room of the studio to spend and hour with the special guest teacher, Ms. Marianne.  They would be working on incorporating their acrobatic tricks into their jazz style dancing. Naturally, Marianne began her time with them with some more warm ups and stretches.


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It’s always nice to see so much attention being paid to stretching.  Not only does having nicely stretched out muscles help prevent the dancers from injuring themselves, but it makes for some beautiful dancing and tumbling movements. Next it was time to start some across the floor work.  Battements were first.

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After the battements to the front, Marianne wanted them to do them to the side and add a heel grab which eventually could be spun.  Before anybody could spin it was important for them to figure out how to hit the proper heel stretch position.  The practiced both in the middle of the floor and by the ballet barre.


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Then the started moving the little pattern across the floor.  Some girls just hit the heel stretch, and others worked to get it turning.

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In the following trip across the room, the added an illusion after the heel grab/turn.

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There was lots and lots of work on those illusions before they tried them back in the pattern again.

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Then the did another whole sequence.  A couple of turns, the high kick, an illusion.

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The moved on to work on pique turns some.


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They also worked on some split jumps.




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The time went quickly, but the girls seemed to learn a lot in their time together.  At the end, everyone gave Marianne a big hug to thank her for teaching them.