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How to Do a Temps Leve in Ballet

Learn how to do a temps leve 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 temps leve is a small petite allegro jump done in the center. To start off, you can do a basic version where you're just going to tendre your foot and put weight on that and jump straight up in the air. So you want to have your foot in a back coupe, not too high up and not too far down, in that center spot between your calf and your ankle.

So, I'm going to first demonstrate a temps leve, just from a tendu position. And you want to make sure that your foot clears the floor and that you're fully pointing it underneath you.

A temps leve can also come from a jete and I will demonstrate that right now. I'm going to do jete, temps leve, jete, temps leve.

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