December 31st, 2015

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Particular ballet movements and makeup

I have a character whose sister is a ballet dancer, so the character will know ballet terms, so I need to get these right. Setting: modern day; the sister originally trained in the USA though when they meet up she's in Paris.

There's a huge poster of a ballerina en pointe (on the side of the theatre), and the character imagines the ballerina kicking straight out of the poster, and knocking the character with such force that she flies backwards. I'm looking for the best movement for this, so even though I have found several possible options, I'd love an expert opinion.

I've looked at this glossary and it seems that some sort of battement might do the trick, but I can't tell which directions the different kicks go. If the ballerina is turned out, would they be kicking to the side? The brisé is a kick, but does a battement have more force? What about an assemblé?

If necessary, I could get a little more complicated and the ballerina could turn and then kick, but she would have to start en pointe. Would a fouetté work here?

The character's sister, as an annoying adolescent, had a tendency to do ballet steps whenever possible. What is the best option for her moving quickly across a room, preferably involving kicking out (to tie into #1)?

The character meets her sister, who has come out of the studio between classes. She'll have her hair up. Is she likely to be wearing light makeup, or would that just sweat off and she wouldn't bother? (She certainly would not bother to look nice to meet the character.) Would she put anything on over her workout tights/leotard, or take the time to change out of them? Is there any sort of detail that would really make me look like I know what I'm talking about? :)

Thank you!

Search terms: Googled variations on ballet/jumps/kicks/movements and looked at some videos.
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Correct use of "Miss + Christian name" (Britain)

Hello ^^ I have a question about the correct use of the title Miss. I understand from reading and research that Miss + Surname is for the eldest unmarried daughter of a family, while the other daughters are addressed as Miss + Christian name in conversation and Miss + full name in writing.
Does this mean that when the eldest daughter of a family marries, the next one takes on the title Miss + Surname ?
Also, if an eldest daughter dies (unmarried), does the next one become Miss + Surname as well?
The setting is 19th-century to modern-day Britain if that makes a difference (if the usage changed over that period of time, I need to know ^^).
I Googled "correct use of Miss + Christian name" but I only found the basic rule which I already knew about. I read a few period manners handbooks too some time ago, but I don't think they contained the precise information I'm looking for - I assume it would have been obvious for contemporary readers.