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A La Seconde: To the side or in the second position. a la seconde usually means a step that moves sideways or a movement done to the side such as grand battement a la seconde. A technically challenging ty . . . View Full Definition
Adagio: ADAGE (French), ADAGIO (Italian) In song,Adagio means 'slowly', and in ballet it means slow, enfolding movements. In a classical ballet class, the Adagio portion of the lesson concentrates o . . . View Full Definition
Aplomb: Aplomb refers to stability of the position.
Arabesque: The position of the body supported on one leg, with the other leg extended behind the body with the knee straight.
Arriere: French for 'back' or 'backwards'. A step en arriere moves backwards, away from the audience. A movement done to the back of the dancer would be termed for instance grand battement en arriere . . . View Full Definition
Assemble: (ah sem blay) Sometimes also pas assemble. Literally 'assembled'. A movement where the first foot performs a battement glisse/degage, 'swishing' out. With the dancer launching into a jump, t . . . View Full Definition
Attitude: A position in which the dancer stands on one leg (known as the supporting leg) while the other leg (working leg) is lifted and well turned out with the knee bent at approximately 90-degree a . . . View Full Definition
Avant: (ah vong) Forwards, Front. A step travelling en avant moves forwards, towards the audience, e.g. sissonne en avant.
Balance: It is usually executed in three counts The dancer typically begins in fifth position, in plie. Before the first count, one foot extends in a degage, typically to second position (though you . . . View Full Definition
Ballabile: Ballabile (from the Italian Ballabile meaning 'danceable') In ballet the term refers to a dance performed by the corps de ballet. The term Grand ballabile is used if nearly all participants . . . View Full Definition
Ballerina: Italian for 'female dancer'. Ballerina is a principal female dancer of a ballet company. The male version of this term is danseur (French) or ballerino (Italian).
Ballerino: Italian for 'male dancer'. A Ballerino is a principal male dancer of a ballet company and is also referred to as a 'danseur', a loan term from French.
Ballet: A theatrical work or entertainment in which a choreographer has expressed his ideas in group and solo dancing to a musical accompaniment with appropriate costumes, scenery and lighting.
Balletomane: A ballet fan or enthusiast. The word was invented in Russia in the early nineteenth century.
Ballon: Ballon means to bounce, where the dancer can show the lightness of the movement. It describes a quality, not the elevation or height, of the jump. Even in small, quick jumps (petite allegro) . . . View Full Definition
Barre: A horizontal bar, approximately waist height, used for warm-up of various parts of the body that will later be used in the centre and exercises for ballet techniques. Warm up exercises may s . . . View Full Definition
Battement: It is a kicking movement of the working leg (i.e. the leg that is performing a technique). Battements are usually executed in front (en avant or a la quatrieme devant), to the side (a la sec . . . View Full Definition
Battement Developpe: is usually a slow battement in which the leg is first lifted to retire position, then fully extended passing through attitude position.
Battement Fondu: is a battement (usually slower) from a fondu (both knees bent, working foot on the cou-de-pied of the supporting leg) position and extends until both legs are straight. It can be executed double.
Battement Frappe: is a battement where the foot moves from a flexed position next to the other ankle, and extends out to a straight position, by doing so hitting the floor (the so-called frappe). In the Russi . . . View Full Definition
Battement Glisse: is a rapid battement normally taken to 2-3 centimeters off the floor (literally means a 'gliding' battement). See battement tendu jete.
Battement Lent: is a slow battement, normally taken as high as possible, which involves considerable control and strength. Both legs remain straight for the whole duration of the movement.
Battement Tendu: is a battement where the extended foot never leaves the floor. The working foot slides forward or sideways from the fifth or first position to reach the forth or second position, lifting the . . . View Full Definition
Battement Tendu Jete: (Russian school) is a battement normally taken to anywhere from 2 cm off the floor up to 45 degrees, depending on the style. It is the same as battement degage (Cecchetti) or battement gliss . . . View Full Definition
Batterie: A whole family of techniques involving jumps, where the feet cross quickly in front and behind each other, creating a flapping or 'beating' effect mid-air and brushing through first position . . . View Full Definition
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