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How to Do an Assemble in Ballet

Learn how to do an assemble from ballerina Maegan Woodin in this Howcast ballet dance video.

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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 www.dgtnyc.com. I'm going to be talking to you about ballet. Assemble is used in the center and is used as a petite allegro step. In assemble you are going to brush one foot out to the side and you are going to assemble in the air both legs together and land with them in a fifth position together at the floor at the same time. So you are going to take off with one foot, bending your standing leg in a plie and you are going to assemble demonstrating it on the ground you are going assemble in a fifth position in the air or your feet glued together and then land in fifth position. You want to make sure when you are brushing your foot off to the side you want to make sure it's not going behind you or in front of you. This is very important because you want to make sure your hips are facing directly in front of you and so they stay that way depending on what angle you are going to be facing. So I am going to demonstrate this. We're going to plie, up and land in fifth position. On the other side your going to brush, with your foot pointed, plie, and stretch. You want to make sure you've pointing both legs and that both legs are meeting at the same time and landing at the same time.

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