Focus on: Battements fondus and ronds de jambe en l’air

Just like battements tendus, this is another super sassy exercise that’s perfect for showing performance and musicality.


Czardas was composed by Vittorio Monti, an Italian composer in 1904. It is based on Hungarian folkloric csárdás. Originally composed for violin, mandolin, or piano, this piece is broken into 7 sections of different tempos and keys (from D minor to D major). The piece brings to mind visions of alluring Hungarian gypsies and thrilling performances.



This piece is known for conjuring images of tantalizing Hungarian gypsies giving daring performances. This exercise should have the same feeling of breathtaking feats and alluring charm with a lot of accent and breath in the holds for the fondus. Confidence should spill out of you with every breath to give the air of gypsy performances in the early 1900s.


Focal Steps

The focal steps in this exercise are really the cou-de-pied devants en fondu and rise, the ronds de jambe en l’air, and the attitude balances.


Common Corrections

  • Don’t let ribs push out
  • Hold core to keep balance
  • Shoulders back & down


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