Focus class: petit allegro – two-to-two jumps

A focus class on two-to-two petit allegro work and the use of plié, vertical alignment and achieving accuracy.


  • 1 Class
  • Suitable for 14+

This focus class will work on two-to-two petit allegro work. It will encompass the use of plié, vertical posture to engage the backs of the legs and the importance of being accurate with positions when taking off, landing and in the air.

What you will learn

  • How the vertical position allows the correct use of the backs of the legs to retain rotation and create a look of effortlessness
  • How to use the energy of the plié to achieve greater physicality in the legs
  • To understand the articulation of the feet and legs into the plié to achieve greater absorption of force
  • The importance of accurate positions during take-off, landing and in the air

Your Tutors

Carol-Anne Millar

Ballet Teacher

Carol-Anne trained at The Royal Ballet School and joined Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1997.

She was promoted to Principal in 2009 and danced a variety of leading roles from Juliet in Macmillan’s Romeo and Juliet to to Lise in La Fille mal gardeé.

She has created roles in a number of David Bintley’s works, as well as several other prominent choreographers. In 2007 she was awarded the Spotlight Award at the Critics Circle Dance Awards for her performance as Poll in John Cranko’s Pineapple Poll.

During her professional career, Carol-Anne taught as a guest teacher at Elmhurst School for Dance and was also involved in several projects with the Birmingham Royal Ballet’s education department.

Carol-Anne retired in May 2013 and went on attain the RAD PDTC qualification with distinction. Carol-Anne worked as a freelance teacher at a private ballet school in Hampshire before joining the staff at The Royal Ballet School in September 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can participate?

This class is recommended for students aged 14+ and reflects the training given to students aged 14-15 studying at The Royal Ballet School. The class is not suitable for beginner students, students with limited experience or students under 11 years old.

For this class, we recommend that:

  • Students are studying a syllabus delivered by a recognised classical dance awarding body, or if attending full-time vocational training, are studying at Intermediate vocational level or above
  • Students have a good to excellent knowledge and understanding of ballet vocabulary
  • Students can execute a secure double pirouette and maintain extensions in adage at 90 degrees and above
  • Feet and ankles are strong, secure and able to stretch well
  • Students have good flexibility
  • Allegro can be executed with a clear understanding of how to link a sequence of steps together in a choreographed exercise
  • Students undertaking pointe work should be confident in executing basic pointe exercises.

What do I need to participate?

These classes are designed so that they can be executed in a smaller space than a ballet studio. We ask that students/parents ensure that:

  • The student meets the technical standards required for the class
  • Any apparatus used for a barre is stable and safe
  • The floor is not slippery, uneven or hazardous
  • The area used for dancing is cleared of any items which could hinder the student’s ability to fully extend their arms and legs. There should be enough space for reasonable movement. If a student cannot fully execute an exercise, they should either adapt appropriately or not participate
  • The student is able to clearly hear the teacher’s verbal instruction, see the teacher’s practical delivery and hear the music
  • The student is appropriately dressed to safely execute a dance class. Soft ballet shoes should be worn for ballet, not pointe shoes. Bare feet, socks or suitable shoes should be worn for contemporary and Pilates
  • The student’s hair is suitably tied back
  • The student is fit and well in order to take part.

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