At first glance the words Ronds de Jambe could be describing some yummy delicacy from afar. But here at First Dance Studios we speak fluent dance and know that this is a key step mostly used in Ballet. Emily has been teaching this technique in Beginner Ballet class on Fridays at 11.45am. Check out the ballet classes here.
This is a ballet movement that is often used in our ballet dances. It is a movement in classical ballet in which one leg moves in a straight line away from the body before drawing about in a semi-circular motion. It can be performed either on the floor (à terre) or with the leg in the air (en l’air). Yes, ballet is a bonus dance discipline as you end up learning French as well. So Rond here is a circle, a round and Jambe is leg. So round of the leg if you had to translate it word for word.
I managed to catch Emily after ballet class and while I took ballet a gazillion eons ago I was amazed how much the body needs to work to keep alignment and control in this technique. When I learnt it was simply to copy the teacher but what I love about Emily is how she breaks it down for beginner ballet dancers. Learning as an adult can be difficult as you forget how to learn but Emily makes it super simple and I picked up some key ballet technique points.
Yes there are in fact quite a few variations of this ronds step. Many can be done as a Demi or half and either on the ground or in the air. You can also do a Rond de jame en l’air releve which is when you are on pointe or on Demi pointe on your toes. The Rond can be jumped so you get a Rond de jame en l’air saute. Add a turn in and it will en tournant. Should you close after completing the Rond then it becomes a ronde de jambe ferme. And finally if you have a jump and make it big then it becomes a grand Rond de jambe jete. But I’ll leave those to when we do ballet performances.
When you’re ready to join us for ronds de jambe and other ballet steps please see the class log in information on our Facebook page or contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org. Emily’s beginner’s ballet class for adults is every Friday at 11.45am streaming live and the recording is available so you can pause when you need to.
Keep that Rond!