so, i’ve had a set plie’ combination for my intermediate/advanced class since forever, partially to save time and partially because…well….i think it’s a nice combination. But this year i decided to switch it up a little. upon hearing this news my class collectively gasped in shock and then one student asked (in a slight panic) “wait- will there be grande plie’s in fourth?!?” much to her apparent relief i answered “no. of course not.”
i have never given grande plie’s in fourth position, ever, nor will i – i don’t give them and i don’t do them and i don’t like them. i’m quite sure that i haven’t done a grande in fourth in 25 or 30 years. but seriously, i don’t see any benefit to them, they torque your knees in a way that can’t possibly be constructive and even if you have “perfect” turn out it’s hardly possible to keep your hips square.
from what i’ve seen personally, this seems to be a widely shared view these days, tho there are certainly teachers that still give them. So if you are a young student and your teacher gives grande plie’s in fourth i’d say go ahead and do them, (if you’re young and pliable they won’t kill you) it would be disrespectful not to. but if you’re an adult and know your body and they bother your knees or hips feel free to opt out and do demi plie’s instead : )
sooo….at the risk of sounding like steve from t.v’s “blues clues” questioning an unseen audience of toddlers….. what do you think? grande plie’s in fourth – yea or nay?