PS - I did ballet (and tap and modern dancing) from the age of three and a half until I was eighteen years of age, and again some years later when in my thirties. Great exercise and you get so much more than exercise as all dancers know. I thought you'd like to see a photo of my when I was very young (probably about four years of age). PS What about the arthritis of the ankles and knees now though? Can anyone help? Josie
Are we ready?
Shoulders down and stomach in
Push out chest and tuck in chin.
Turn out knees and also feet.
In leotards you sure look sweet!
OK, let’s start – (music starts)
Hold the barre, keep shoulders down;
The music starts, remove that frown.
The pliès exercise the knees -
But mind you tuck that tail in please.
Ooooh - Aaaah
You slowly rise and stand up straight;
It’s down again, you’re doing great.
It’s rise again and into third –
(Perhaps I’m looking quite absurd!)
Oh, dear dear dear!!!
Point your toes and arch your feet
Stand upright, keep in that seat.
Try a glissade – bend those knees
And gently glide your foot with ease.
Move your arms to match your feet
Curve your fingers; come, don’t cheat.
Move your shoulders as you glide
Then circle with your arms quite wide.
Drags herself to a chair –
loud p h e w!! Then thinks:
Ballet stretches limbs and mind,
It’s good for teamwork too I find.
But ballet for the eighties plus?
A stately waltz is much less fuss!
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Tripping the light fantastic = To dance nimbly or lightly, or to move in a pattern to musical accompaniment. Chaucer used it that way as early as 1386, in The Miller's Tale" - although people say the phrase is from the mind and pen of John Milton because it appeared in his lyric poem L'Allegro. However, for certain here, the third poet uses it in her poem about ballet exercise of which she knows a great deal. See below.