How To Do Ballet Warm Ups

How To Do Ballet Warm Ups

A basic but thorough review from the South London Dance Studios of three types of ballet warm-ups - stationery, travelling, and stretching. All of these warm-ups are crucial to increase the heart rate and stretch the muscles prior to ballet classes.

Hello, I'm Zoe from South London Dance Studios in Herne Hill, and my students are going to demonstrate some ballet movements. We're going to show you how to do ballet warm-ups. So we're going to do three types of warm-up: 1) a jumping warm-up on the spot, 2) a travelling warm-up (both of those to get the heart rate increased), and then we're going to do some basic stretches which you would do before you start your ballet class.

So, starting with the warm-up on the spot, Tash is going to show us.and she's starting in first position. She's going to do a demi-plie in first position and two sauts in first. And one, and two! Then, she's going to do a jump to second, and back to first.

That's four counts, let's do that bit. And, one, and two, and three, and four! Then she's going to do a jump to land in third, with the right foot in front, a soubresaut, and a changement, and a soubresaut. So let's just go through that again.

So, back to first position. First four counts is two sauts and, one, and two, then out and in, bring the right foot in front, soubresaut, changement, soubresaut. So we do that a few times to get warm, let's try it again, ready, plie, and, a-one and two and three and four, five and six and seven and eight, and recover.

Now, Namdi and Georgia are going to show us a travelling warm-up, again to increase the heart rate. So, they're going to do gallops in the diagonal first four, and then gallops changing feet on the diagonal. So, degage et devant, four gallops Namdi, and, a-one and a-two and a-three and a-four, and then she runs around while Georgia does four gallops, a-one, and a-two, and a-three, and four, running around, and Namdi does four gallops, and two and three and four.

One and two and three and four. Then, we're going to do the gallops changing feet. Ready, and, a-one and a-two change one and two and a-one and two change one and two.

Ready, and, a-one and a-two and a-one and a-two, and a-one and a-two and a-one and a-two, and run around. So let's try that without stopping, really trying to extend the feet, and push the floor away to get some height, to really warm ourselves up. Ready, and, a-one and a-two and a-three and a-four and a-one and a-two and a-three and a-four.

One and a-two and a-three and a-four. One and a-two and a-three and a-four. And one and two change one and two, and a-one and two, one and two and one and two, and a-one and a-two and a-one and a-two, one and two.

Once the heart rate is increased, we can then do some simple stretches before starting the ballet class. So, Maddie's going to show us, first of all, how to stretch the hamstring muscle gently. So, lying down on the floor Maddie, facing the side, that's it, using your scarf, stretch one leg up, that's it, and just gently pull the leg, not too much, just gently, and stretch behind the knee, and we're going to hold that for ten seconds.

One, two, keep stretching the leg, three, four, try and keep it still, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Good! We would do the other leg as well, but we're not going to do that now, we're going to show another stretch in second position, for the inner thighs. And reaching forward gently, and hold it there.

One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, ten. Good! If you want to find out more information about our ballet classes, or our other dance classes - tap, modern, and street jazz, please visit our website. .