The truth is, that A LOT of dancers do not understand the intricacies of the basic movements in ballet. Often when students start dancing very early on, they learn the basics at the level that they are capable of learning at five years old. Obviously the ‘building block’ steps such as a Plié and a Tendu often get taught in a very simplified way. This is fine for a five year old, but over the next few years of a dancers training it is so important that these ‘basics’ are relearned with more and more specificity. If these steps are not revisited again and again, to really master them, the student will often struggle to progress once the steps get harder.
The Core Ingredients in Performing a Perfect Tendu Are:
1. Articulation of the foot and ankle
2. Standing Leg Turnout Control
3. The ability to close the working leg without bending the knee
Add a beautiful port de bras to all of that and you have the perfect tendu!