Leg holds are a fundamental part of ballet, and learning the correct technique can help you to achieve better stability, power, and grace when performing. To do a leg hold in ballet, begin by facing the barre. Place your hands on the barre for stability and support. Lift your left leg up to a 90-degree angle while keeping your hips squared and torso upright.
Keep your toes pointed, knee bent, and thigh muscles engaged. Then, lower your leg back to the starting position with control. Repeat this movement with the right leg.
When you are comfortable with the left and right single-leg holds, you can move on to double-leg holds. Begin in a standing position with both feet together and facing directly forward.
Then lift both legs together at a 90-degree angle while maintaining control of the movement and keeping your hips squared and torso upright. When you reach the top of the motion, pause for two counts before returning both legs back to the starting position.
Once you have mastered both single-leg holds and double-leg holds from a standing position, you can move on to grand pliés (deep knee bends). To do this exercise correctly, start by facing away from the barre in second position (heels together, toes open).
Take a deep breath as you slowly lower yourself into a deep knee bend before returning to an upright position with control. This exercise works on strengthening both legs at once as well as improving balance and flexibility.
Conclusion: Leg holds are an essential part of ballet technique that will help dancers achieve greater balance, stability, power, and grace when performing movements on stage or in class. With practice and proper form dancers will be able to master single-leg holds as well as double-leg holds from standing positions or grand pliés (deep knee bends) from second positions with ease.