One of the first steps that is learned when one first started ballet was certainly the Plie.
Plie is the exercise which even at the professional level is never omitted from the course.
What is a Plie?
Plié is a French term meaning to bend, or bending.
There are two principal pliés: A grand plié is a full knee bend (the knees should be bent until the thighs are horizontal) in which the heels always rise off the ground—except when a dancer is in second position—and are lowered again as the knee straightens.
In demi-plié, the heels remain on the floor, making the bend in the knees about half as deep as a grand plié.
Essentially the plie is simply a bend of the knees. Sounds easy enough, right?
While bending and straightening the knees doesn’t...