13. Grand Battement 1

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13. Grand Battement 1
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Running Time 1:10
Dancer's Counts 2 bars intro (3/4) then 4 x 8 bars
Artist Gavin Meredith
Model Number GMB2
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Grands Battements in 3/4 (Polonaise). Paquita variation by Minkus, adapted by Gavin Meredith








Although in many ballet classes grands battements are done to a 4/4 march or a lively waltz, a polonaise rhythm can also be very effective. It is particularly good to emphasise the controlled lowering of the leg as the 3 strong beats in the bar allow for an accent 'up' on 1, then a controlled descent over 2 counts, so that the descent is not seen by the ballet dancer as just a collapse after the hard work of lifting the leg! Polonaises appear in many famous classical ballets and this one is from the ballet Paquita. Although originally for orchestra it works well on the piano. We hope that it has the necessary qualities to inspire you in your dancing and make your ballet class more enjoyable.

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