The following 2 videos will give you a great demo of how to do a Fondu Ballet dance movement.
Fondu Ballet Demonstration:
Video Summary of Fondu in Ballet:
I’m Jennifer Carlynn Kronenberg, principal dancer with Miami City Ballet, and author of, So You Want to Be A Ballet Dancer. I’m here at [unclear – 00:08] studios in Miami and I’m going to show you how to do a Ballet fondu.
Starting out in a first position, with your heels together, toes pointed outward, you’re going to slowly bring your leg into a coupé, toes pointed, knee bent. From here you’re going to bend your supporting leg and two legs together will open up to the front very slowly as if you were moving through water or mud or as if your legs were made of taffy or bubblegum and you’re just squeezing and stretching, and down.
Again, fondue, extend plié, bend both knees and stretch and close. Fondu – the knee of the supporting leg is pointed over that second toe so it’s not rolling in – stretch, two knees bend, hips stay square to the wall, toe is pointed, and down. Last one, you should really feel the inner thighs working as you stretch the leg this little teardrop muscle is really contracting and down.
And that’s how you do a fondu.
More Technique of Fondu:
A fondue, as many of us know it, is made by cheese or chocolate, which is melted. And the same thing in ballet, a fondu means to melt. I’m going to take a fondu from first position. And you’re going to bend both of your legs at the same time and straighten them at the same time. That’s important in order to complete the fondu fully, you have to bend and straighten.
And so you want to, when you’re doing a fondu, you want to, find that place in between your calf muscle and your ankle. And this is the place that you want to put your toe. And you want to make sure that you have a nice foot position that’s not sickled or winged.
So you want to place your foot in that position and bend both legs together and then straighten them. And the same thing talked about in the tendus you want to make sure that you’re not overcrossing in the front or the back and that you’re following your natural turnout line to the side.
So, I’m going to demonstrate fondu front, side, and back. And I’m going to demonstrate in fifth position, which you can either do in fifth or first position. And I’m going to use my arm to the side and I’m going to fondu and straighten both legs. Fondu — and stretch. Fondu — and stretch.