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Why You Need to Work on Demi Plies in Your Ballet Classes

Why You Need to Work on Demi Plies in Your Ballet Classes

When we start our ballet dancing classes, one of the first things that we will learn is how to bend our knees and the demi plie will become a constant in all of our ballet lessons. From when we are tiny tots, we will learn to make diamonds with our knees, or open our windows or whatever imagery our teachers use to get us to bend and open out our knees over our toes.

The word demi plie is French and means, literally translated, half bend. By half bend, it means bending your knees until just before your heels lift off the floor. Once your heels start to lift, when you are in first position, you will no longer be doing a ‘half bend’ but will be continuing on into a full plie, which is much further down.

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