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Ballet Basics Vocab

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1. This means to pose on one leg whilst extending the other leg to the back.

2. Raised

3. Outward. Leg moves clockwise in a circular motion

4. Sinking down. A term used to describe a lowering of the body made by bending the knee of the supporting leg.

5. Dance for two.

6. Sating ballet slippers dancers use when dancing in sur le point.

7. Male dance partner to the ballerina

8. Dance for four

9. Over. Indicates that the working foot passes in front of the supporting foot.

10. Shouldering. The placing of the shoulders.

11. Term used to describe the ability of a dancer to raise and hold her extended leg en l'air.

12. Bourrae step - done on pointe of demi-point.

13. To prick

14. Enrico Cecchetti was a ballet teacher. He had a system of passing the tradition of ballet down to the next generation. The method has a definite program of strict routine and includes a table of principal set daily exercises for each day of the week.

15. Whirl - or spin

16. A march in which two steps are taken forward on the demi-pointes and then the third step is taken flat with the supporting knee bent in fondu and the other leg raised in front.

17. To turn in a walk. The dancer turns slowly in place on one foot by a series of slight movements of the heel to the required side while maintaining a definite pose.

18. Slow - sustained movement

19. This is a term used in double (supported) work for various lifts in which the danseuse is supported by the danseur in a poisson position. He may hold her above his head in a horizontal fish dive or she may fall from a sitting position on his shoulder

20. A step traveling in a diagonal direction.

21. Diversion - enjoyment. A suite of numbers called 'entraes -' inserted into a classic ballet. These short dances are calculated to display the talents of individuals or groups of dancers.

22. To escape. From 5th to second. Feet slide and don't leave floor.

23. Turning fouetta.

24. Developing movement. A daveloppa is a movement in which the working leg is drawn up to the knee of the supporting leg and slowly extended to an open position en l'air and held there with perfect control.

25. To get bigger/ big fast movements

26. To strike powerfully. An exercise in which the dancer forcefully extends the working leg from a cou-de-pied position to the front - side or back.

27. To face hips square. Not particularly to the front.

28. Backwards - reverse.

29. Step

30. Small jeta - from a demi plia.

31. A jump from both feet onto one foot

32. Line. The outline of a dancer as she executes certain steps.

33. This term is used for a fault in which the dancer turns his or her foot in from the ankle - thereby breaking the straight line of the leg.

34. Small rise on the ball of the foot - usually in pointe shoes.

35. The ability to jump easily and lightly into the air. Springy - usually men.

36. To the second. Applies to legs or arms. Second position.

37. Bent or bending. Bending of the knee or knees

38. To lean

39. To turn in the air. A complete sing - double - or triple turn in the air; usually landing in 5th position.

40. Small - half bend of the knees.

41. Interweaving or braiding. A step of beating in which the dancer jumps into the air and rapidly crosses the legs before and behind each other.

42. A

43. A ballet fan or enthusiast. The word was invented in Russia in the early nineteenth century.

44. Small - little

45. Withdrawn. A position in which the thigh is raised to the second position.

46. Basque jump. A traveling step in which the dancer turns in the air with one foot drawn up to the knee of the other leg. Fifth position are foot front.

47. Sideways. Used to indicate that a step is to be made to the side - either to the right or to the left.

48. Step in which the fotot goes in back coupa and you turn of a circle then do a grand jeta to complete the turn. Usually done in a circle or diagonal.

49. Step of the cat. Jump where legs come up to double passa.

50. Seven