A plié- to bend. A ballet step used in almost every movement within dance. Although basic, a plié is more challenging than what meets the eye. If conquered correctly, a dancer can ultimately conquer any movement in dance.
The plié is one of the most underrated steps in dance. Dancers assume that just bending their knees is the only factor that goes into a plié. However, this is not necessarily true. I can be a culprit of this thinking method. If my mind is somewhere else and I am not invested in my movement, the first thing within my technique that I let go is my plié.
Wendi Fisch, IDA ballet instructor, tells her students that it is all about opposition. Although the dancer is bending their knees and getting closer to the floor, they must think of all their energy going up when they are physically going down. A great way to think of this is that the dancer’s legs/ knees are going through molasses or water.
BUT there is another side to the plié. Resistance is important, however; a plié has to melt as well. Combining resistance and melting into your plié is the ideal equation for achieving the “perfect” plié. Also, make sure that your alignment is still in tact when doing a plié. Think of this as your plié line: hips, knees, second toe. Your knees should be over your second toe and your hips over your knees. If one part of this line is out of place, it can cause problems with your hips and knees.
IDA classes emphasize proper technique and discipline.
Institute of Dance Artistry offers ballet classes for all levels and ages, beginner to advanced. IDA students are encouraged to take ballet to build a strong foundation for all styles of dance. Learn more about the programs offered at Institute of Dance Artistry.