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Curtsy squat( Ben Torres, For the Chicago Tribune / December 20, 2012 )
At the end of a great performance or after a fantastic ballet class it is common to bow. The ladylike version of this is the curtsy, so what better way to prepare for a standing ovation than with this exercise?
Start by placing one foot behind you and bend both legs in a turned out fourth position (right toes pointing to the right, left toes to the left, legs crossed so the right toes line up for the left heel. Feet should be about 2 feet apart).
Place your hands on your hips or out to the side to help with your balance. In one swift movement, straighten your supporting leg and bring the back foot into passe and hold. Passe is a common dance position when you bring the toe of one foot to the knee of the opposite leg.
Take the foot in passe back down behind you into your lunge and repeat. Make sure to get that left side in when you are finished with the right.