Entertainment Performing Arts How to Do a Basic Barre Grand Plié Share PINTEREST Email Print Performing Arts Ballet Gear Favorite Ballets Singing Acting Musical Theater Dance Stand Up Comedy By Treva Bedinghaus Treva L. Bedinghaus is a former competitive dancer who has studied ballet, tap, and jazz. She writes about dance styles and practices and the history of dance. our editorial process Treva Bedinghaus Updated March 19, 2019 01 of 04 Begin in First Position First position. Treva Bedinghaus A plié is simply a movement where dancers bend their knees and then straighten them again. Often, the feet of the dancers are turned outward while their heels are pressed against the floor. A half bend is simply called a demi-plié. In order to perform a grand plié, the movement will consist of a full and deep bend with thighs horizontal. Grand pliés are often recommended by professional dance teachers for intermediate students and not for beginners. This is because the deep bend movement can be dangerous without perfect form and alignment, which beginners are often still learning how to master on their own. To do a basic barre grand plié, the first step is to stand in the first position, facing the barre, with your back straight. The idea here is to lengthen your upper body upwards. Then, it is important to rest your hands lightly on the barre for balance. 02 of 04 Bend Your Knees Bend your knees. Treva Bedinghaus Slowly bend your knees, keeping your knees over your toes. This is called a "demi" plié. If this is not accomplished right, no more bending can happen. Continue feeling the upper body grow as you descend along with your lower body as if you are sliding down a wall. 03 of 04 Lift Your Heels Grand plie. Treva Bedinghaus Continue bending your knees, allowing the heels to rise off the floor. Maintain the rotation with each ascending and descending move. Keep your hips on top of your thighs, directly over your feet. 04 of 04 Straighten Your Knees First position. Treva Bedinghaus As you finish, slowly push your heels into the floor. Straighten your knees as you do this, back to the starting position.