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How to Do a Sous-Sus in Ballet

Learn how to do a sous-sus 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.
A sous-sus is a rise and fifth position. So we're going to start by putting our feet in a fifth position and you want to make sure that your heel is connected to your toe and your heel is connected to your toe. Not completely because that puts strain on your legs, but you should follow your natural turnout and stand at a comfortable fifth position. Once you're in a fifth position, you're going to plie, bending your knees and you're going to scoop up to the sous-sus. And a sous-sus position is when your toes are aligned and your feet are squeezing together. Your inner thighs are squeezing together your glutes are squeezing together and you're in a very strong position. And when we do this at the bar we want to think about coming up to that standing leg and coming straight up and we feel plumline all the way down our body. And we're doing in the center we can come to a spring which is bringing both feet together to the center so both feet are moving to a separate point. So demonstrating the springpoint action, we're going to plie and sous-sus our feet together. And plie and sous-sus our feet together.

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