Terminology Tuesdays! Plié
To assist our new beginner ballerina's, we've decided to start a weekly Terminology Tuesday blog. Each Tuesday, we will present one of the many French terminologies that we use every day in class. It's super easy to still follow along in ballet even if you don't know what each french word means, but it can certainly help you to feel more confident and in control of what your mastering. So let's start at the beginning, a very good place to start! Introduce in our first Tuesday Terminology was-
💃 Plié [plee-yay]
💃 Translation: To bend
💃 More Information: We will often start a ballet class with a Plié exercise - for beginners we generally do our plié's in 1st, 2nd & 3rd positions of the feet.
A demi plié encourages us to take a half bend of the knee's with our heels staying on the floor.
A full plié asks us to take a full bend of the knees by lifting our heels once we have reached our half bend and continue down towards the floor until the thighs are parallel with the floor (n.b. the heels DO NOT come off the floor in 2nd position. Keep them firmly planted on the floor and take your full plié no deeper than where your thighs are parallel to the floor - my full plie in 2nd position is not at all that deep and looks a lot like my demi plie - and that's ok, we are not in competition with anyone else, just work with your body.)
💃 Important to note: For those with knee, hip or ankle niggles you may wisely choose to avoid full plié's. When a teacher sets a full plié, what you can do instead is - one REALLY slow demi plié or two faster demi plié's and you will still be in time with everyone else and the rest of the exercise. I will rarely choose to do a full plié anymore - I'm 40 years old, my knee makes a hell of a noise as they bend beyond 90degrees, and I know my knee's and ankles don't appreciate my weight bearing down on them - so I confidently opt out! We invite you to do the same - just go ahead and rock that perfect demi plié instead!