The thrill of petit allegro is intense. The adrenaline pushing through the body as it slices and dices the air cannot be matched. When done well, petit allegro leaves the audience wondering what they even just witnessed while simultaneously aching to see more of that very thing. But- Petit allegro is a tricky little thing. It seems to not want to be caught. Dancers frantically rush about making large attempts to capture the footwork and place it in time to the music. Add in battu and some sweepy port de bras and it can feel absolutely impossible. What is a dancer to do? I offer some tips! NOTE: A good rule of thumb is to ensure dancers understand each individual step before combining several steps into a combination. The tips below apply to dancers who have already reached that level.