Ballet Class: Teaching Tombe Pas de Bourre





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Published on Sep 6, 2012

Ellen Davis teaches tombe pas de bourre to the Danceworx Dance Company in New Delhi, India. The students in the ballet class are primarily jazz, Bollywood, hip-hop, and contemporary trained dancers. August 23, 2012 - Music is composed and performed by Michael Roberts.

Points covered:
Face your tombe making sure hips and shoulders are square to the corner.
Reach out beyond the length of your leg before you tombe on it. Leg should be clearly to the front (in eface) quatrieme devant - heel forward, arms in first
Make sure the leg is straight before you fall on it.
Only start to plie once the leg hits the floor - and control the plie.
Control the leg lifting in arabesque which should be as high as the front leg was before the tombe.
Control the arms as they open from first to second - coordinating with the plie and the arabesque - don't kick the leg back or throw the arms out or plie without control. Keep your arms a bit in front of you in second. Don't open them too far so that they are behind you. Stretching out the movement: "tombeeeeeee"
Releve into the pas de bourre rather than doing a coupe into it. Meet the coupe with a releve on the supporing side, so that you step up on a straight rather than bent leg. Tight 5th, tight first (legs close together in the pas de bouree).
Finish on the croise and then shift the hips (in the little temps leve) and face your tombe from eface, arms in first, slowly opening to second as you tombe on the other side.
Use your plie -
When doing the pirouette arms go second and then into first. Keep your knee out to the side in the passe. Higher passe s and touch the foot to the knee for everyone in this video - get there quicker and don't cross the foot over the knee as far. Remember the attitude in second that we tried to get that sense of a higher passe (but do touch the foot to your knee).
More attack getting up into your releve. "torso up!" (torso lifting up the basement to the second floor).
Get higher up on your releve (all the way to the top).
Make sure you plie on the supporting leg when the working leg is in second getting into the endedans fouette. Face front when your leg is in second. Make sure (more than I did) that you are not rolling in on your supporting plie and that the knee goes out over you toes.
In 5th position croise, make sure you can see the inside of your front heel in the mirror. (that you are not turned too much to the side and we can see all of you.)
"Starting in stillness."
In this combination, finish the outside pirouette with the arms in 1st so that they are ready to open up on the tombe to the other side.
Always finish the combination and be still for a moment.

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