‘D’ is for Demi-Plie – Dance Terminology A – Z

A Demi-Plie is a half bend at the knees and should be done to two counts. It is the basis of everything you do in ballet. It is important to hold your back, shoulders and front straight. It is a good idea to face the barre when doing plies as this will aide in posturing. It should be practiced in each of the five positions. First, second, third, fourth and fifth position.