(Level: Intermediate) Another move that builds upon the basic tendu is ronde de jambe, or AROUND THE NECK. In short, the focus is to maintain proper posture and gently working on turning out while the working leg moves in a D shape. This exercise is very strenuous on the hips and knees, so it is advised to check that your alignment is correct; it is advised to take a beginner's ballet class and an experienced dance teacher should pick up on a misalignment or things to work on. This movement can be done A TERRE (on the ground) or EN L'AIRE (in the air). It's best to start on the ground when learning, in order to focus on what part of the toe is maintaining contact with the floor. Go slow and stay within your comfort zone!
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