Tuesdays and Tutus

Guess who is inspired to choreograph again?

I’ve been trying to dance to this song for a while now, but have not managed to get much more than one or two counts of eight. Today however my creative juices were replenished while taking a contemporary class with Enzo Celi, a guest choreographer invited to our school for a workshop lesson. I’m not sure what it was, whether it was his Italian charm that made me remember my passion for choreography, his European flair and accent that reminded me of home, or his free and flowy choreography similar to those I cherish in my memories from my classes back home.

Whatever triggered my creativity, I’m glad it did; school work has slowly been getting to me and on top of that dance was slowly becoming an unnecessary chore and time-waster that I would sometimes even consider skipping (GASP) for an extra hour of sleep or study. Now I’m feeling the total opposite, with any small dance step barely quenching my thirst for new sequences and ideas! I’m all bubbly with energy and constantly eager to get to the studio to dance. I even showed parts of my ideas so far to my friends in my Uggs while walking to class – but come to think of it when don’t I dance in wide open spaces?

I’ll be posting a video of my dance up soon (not in Uggs!) I have an amazing dancer friend here who will be helping me out with the partnering (yes, I am planning it as a pas de deux! :))

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

 

Tuesdays and Tutus – Fondu

Last time I introduced you to some simple things like pliés and foot positions.

Plié

Plié in fourth position

In keeping with the simplicity of pliés and foot positions, I bring to you the ‘fondu’.

Fun fact: Fondu means to melt! And guess what! The Swiss dip bread into melted cheese and fruit into melted chocolate (not at the same time) in a pot and they call it fondue!

Isn’t that a coin-ki-dink 😀

With this double meaning in mind, look at my recipe poststitle and put two and two together…smart, eh?

“pat on back”

Returning to the ballet move. A battement fondu (this is the full name) is:

1) Fondu: a plié of the supporting leg, while the working leg forms a ‘coupé’ on the side of the supporting leg’s foot.

2) Battement: the working leg is then extended and the supporting leg straightens until both legs are straight. The working leg can end up on the floor (à terre) or in the air (en l’air), to the front (en avant), to the side (à la seconde) or to the back (en arrière). This whole process can even be executed ‘double’.

Non-dancers all go: Huuuuuh?! I might’ve well just said gobble-de-goop..Ballet moves are definitely not easy to describe non-visually, which is why I took some pictures.

Begin in 3rd/5th position

Begin in 3rd/5th position

Plié of the supporting leg, coupé of the working leg

Plié of the supporting leg, coupé of the working leg

À la seconde à terre

À la seconde à terre

À la seconde en l'air

À la seconde en l’air

En avant à terre

En avant à terre

En avant en l'air

En avant en l’air

So what is a coupé, you ask? Coupé literally translated means to cut. It is both an action used as a link between steps, like here in the fondu (also used in pas de bourré and grand jeté, definitions coming soon :)). It’s also used as it’s own move where it will mean to close or fall, exchanging from one leg to another (more common: tombé avant, stay tuned!)

Coupé with the supporting leg in a plié

Coupé with the supporting leg in a plié

Interchangeably used for a coupé is the ‘sur le cou de pied’ (literally on the neck of the foot). This is a static movement unlike the coupé which is a linking movement. The working foot is placed between the base of the calf and the beginning of the ankle.

There are two accents here: devant, where the heel is placed in front of the leg, the toes point back and the in-step (cou-de-pied) ‘hugs’ the lower leg

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..and derrière: the heel and the toes are pointed behind. Alternating between devant and derrière is called petit battement  (bending action is at the knee, upper leg and thigh remain still). Stay tuned for more information on the petit battement, and many other kinds of battements!

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Pfeeew I really threw some French at you 😉 I’m a bit rusty after not using it in over a year, but ballet helps keep some of the vocab alive!

With attitude and nail polish, Anoushé xoxo

Tuesdays and Tutus

If you’ve read one of my blog posts, or even just my little ‘about me’ widget on the right, you would know that I am trying to create a quote..something to remember me by, something catchy, something that describes my blog in just a few words.

You guys figure out what I am talking about? I am talking about my signature: …with attitude and nail polish.

But uuuuhm what does THAT mean?!
Let me break it down for you..you’ll love it as soon as you get what it means 😉

..I think I'm not just a conceal-a-holic....:)

..I think I’m not just a conceal-a-holic….:)

Nail polish. Simple. We all know about nail polish. Many of us use nail polish. I blog about nail polish every Monday.. Ok. That’s clear.
But attitude? What’s that all about? Is Anoushé talking about a state of mind or a feeling? Or even worse, an ARROGANT or HOSTILE state of mind? (Yes, I looked it up in the dictionary, and if you do so as well let me be clear, I do NOT mean the orientation of an aircraft’s axes relative to a reference line, nor do I mean the orientation of a spacecraft relative to its direction of motion, and I definitely do NOT mean being arrogant!!!!)
So, my dear imaginary internet friends, what do I mean when I sign my post with this quote above..?

It’s quite simple really..

Take one type of dance I do (Ballet), remember it, check the dictionary for something to do with that dance, and nod in understanding. Nooooooow you get it, and you smile (or not).

For those of you not in close vicinity of a dictionary, or are too lazy to check because you know I will tell you anyways…well, you got me! Unbelievable how well you already know me…;)

So here’s a picture

Attitude

Attitude..still working on it!

…and an excerpt from the online dictionary: Attitude: A position similar to an arabesque in which a ballet dancer stands on one leg with the other raised either in front or in back and bent at the knee.

Now add two and two together. Attitude = dance; nail polish = beauty addiction…hmmmm, sound familiar?
Cause it should…!

This quote basically describes a synonym for none other than my very own blog title! Isn’t that awesome? Let me pat myself on the back for a second..

But back to life, back to reality..(that song quote is for my father; he knows why..)

So why did I opt for concealers over nail polish, and pirouettes over attitude from my title? Good question!
I did not choose with attitude and nail polish because I knew the word attitude may leave many of you thinking..huuuuuh? You wouldn’t instantaneously think of dance, which is why I chose pirouettes instead! Most people affiliate this basic turn/spin with dance, no?
For the beauty part I knew it had to either be nail polish or concealers… and both are equally present in my life, both left similar dents in my bank account! So the choice was really just a matter of which one I thought fit better..

Anyhoo, as you might have already noticed, I will be throwing random dance terms at you every so often, especially in my post titles! A great example for this occurrence would be my food posts: ‘fondu’ in the title does not mean melted cheese, it is actually a ballet step!
To prevent you from scrunching up your forehead – and causing premature wrinkles, while thinking ‘what in the world does that mean?!’, I bring to you this: Tuesdays/Thursdays and Tutus! These posts should help clear up many of your dance terminology questions.. word for word..week by week..

So let’s (fan-) kick things off and start (head-) rolling with the program (har har har)..

Plié

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Translated from French, it means to bend. In dance it means we bend our knees.

There are two types of pliés: Demi-plié and grand-plié. A grand-plié is a bend to the deepest position possible, in most cases while lifting your heels, and a demi-plié is a bend where your heels should still stay on the floor. In either form, the movement should be fluent – you move downwards in the bend and then reverse back upwards to the straight leg, your body must remain tense and muscles should be flexed.

A plié can be done starting in any of the following positions (I took these pictures in the centre, without a barre, which sometimes still is slightly difficult for me…don’t judge! :))

6th (feet are parallel and closed)

1st

Plié

Plié

Grand Plié

Grand Plié

2nd

Second Position

Second Position

Plié

Plié

Grand Plié

Grand Plié, feet are slightly too far apart here..

3rd

Also called fifth position

Also called fifth position

Plié

Plié

 

On way to grand

On way to grand

 

Grand Plié

Grand Plié

 

Other foot can also be in front

Other foot can also be in front

4th

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Plié

Plié

 

 

Grand Plié. would've looked better if I could hold the barre..;)

Grand Plié. would’ve looked better if I could hold the barre..;)

Other foot in front

Other foot in front

Next time we will be looking closer at what lies behind the term ‘fondu’. Quick hint: it’s not about cheese! 😉

With attitude and nail polish (now you know why :D), Anoushé xoxo