How to Do a Tendu

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When you finish pliés at the barre, it’s important to work on your tendus! In this free video, ballet expert Elizabeth Quinn Welch teaches you how to do a tendu with precision and great control. Find out what you need to be thinking about when doing tendus at the barre and the importance of maintaining your turnout throughout the exercise. Learning how to do a tendu correctly is beneficial for dancers as it is utilized in almost all styles of dance. See how a tendu is the stretching of the foot and the leg in a particular direction without leaving the ground. Watch as Elizabeth takes you through how to do a tendu in each position at the barre.

Here are a few tendu combinations you can practice at the barre to greatly enhance your ballet and overall dance technique.