soutenu ["sustained"].where from 5th
position, the working leg is taken out to the front, 2nd position, or to
the back, while the supporting leg is lowers to demi-plié. Then the
supporting leg rises to demi or full pointe while the working leg is
into it, ending in a tight sus-sous position.
Basically, a one legged squat done with the other leg held out very straight and pretty-like
pas de bourrée ["bourrée step," the bourrée being an
old folk dance]. One of the
connecting steps, used to link other steps in a combination. The
form is probably the pas de bourrée dessous. Assume your right foot
is in front: left foot on half pointe; step on it and put your weight on
it; move the right foot to the side, transfer your weight to it (also in
relevé); move the left foot to the front of the right and put your
weight on both feet in a plié.
Crap - I can't get this one; I really can't. This is start of "real" dancing, not just moves at the barre, and I have no coordination!
Dilemma: if I cycle more, my quads get huge and I look fatter in ballet. White/pink tights does wonders in making you look fatter than you are.