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How to Do a Pas de Bourree in Ballet

Learn how to do a pas de bourree from ballerina Maegan Woodin in this Howcast ballet dance video.


My name is Maegan Woodin, and I'm a professional dancer, choreographer, teacher and student. I have danced for MTV, Diana Ross, Marc Jacobs and have appeared in many music videos. You can find more information about me and my career, as well as photos and videos, at I'm going to be talking to you about ballet. Pas de Bourree is a traveling step that moves back, side and front. And the position you should have with legs is you're going to have a coupe to the back with your foot pointed and both legs turned out. That's the start of your position in plie. And then, you're going to come to second position with your legs out and releve to the side. And then, you're going to cross forward and go back to that coupe position. So, demonstrating this Pas de Bourree, we're going to plie, back, step to the side and step back to the front. With your arms, you're going to have a simple arms out to the side. I'm going to demonstrate out to the side so you can concentrate on my legs. So, you're just going to turn out, side and back. And this step can also be moved but it's important not to travel the Pas de Bourree when you're in plie. You want to travel it on the releve step. So, traveling the Pas de Bourree, you're going to plie with knees out to the side. Your foot in coupe. And then, you're going to turn on the Bourree and come back to that position. So, demonstrating that from each corner. We're going to bend the knees and then, Pas de Bourree and land on the other side in coupe position. So, demonstrating it straight up. Front Pas de Bourree. And demonstrating it turning would be Pas de Bourree to the side.

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