Cambré En Rond En Dedans and En Dehors

When bending forward avoid letting the hips fall back behind the heels, and avoid letting the barre elbow point upward toward the sky when bending forward.

When arcing toward or away from the barre avoid letting the hips fall back behind your heels.

When arcing backward and around avoid letting the hips push forward when bending backward, and avoid dropping weight into the lower back (lumbar region of the spine). Also, maintain a supported head to avoid putting pressure on the neck (cervical region of the spine). Let the upper body bend backward and away from your center.

The concepts of en dehors and en dedans may be applied to movement of the leg, the body or the direction of a turn.

  • En Dehors: Meaning movement that moves outward, or away from the supporting leg.
  • En Dedans: Meaning movement that moves inward, or towards the supporting leg.

To perform cambré en rond en dedans (aka circular port de bras):

  • Reach out and away from your center.
  • Bend forward from the hips.
  • Curve into the barre (cambré de côté).
  • Reach back on the diagonal.
  • Continue around through the back cambré.
  • Circle the torso outward while recovering upright.

To perform cambré en rond en dehors (aka reverse circular port de bras):

  • Lift the port de bras into 1st position while spiraling into the barre.
  • Open the arm forward from 1st position while inkling the body slightly forward.
  • Continue reaching sideways while stretching around to the back cambré.
  • Pass through cambré en arrière as you twist the body around to the inside back diagonal.
  • Bend sideways toward the barre (cambré de côté).
  • Continue to bed forward from the hips.
  • Recover by reaching outward while elongating the spine.