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Ballet Basics Vocab

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1. Carriage of the arm. The changing of arm positions.

2. Big - large. (movements)

3. The crossing of the legs with the body placed at an oblique angle to the audience.

4. Round of the leg. Circular movement of the leg.

5. 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.

6. This jeta is done in all directions and in a circle.

7. Connected movements on the points

8. Jumped - jumping. When this name is added to a step - that step is done in the air.

9. A jump from both feet onto one foot

10. Chains - links. A series of rapid turns on the points or demi-pointes done in a straight line or circle.

11. Step

12. Royal. A changement in which the calves are beaten together before the feet change position.

13. To rock - or to swing.

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

15. Two

16. Small - half bend of the knees.

17. On the points. Rising to the tips of the toes.

18. To prick

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

20. Under. Indicates that the working foot passes behind the supporting foot.

21. Small - little

22. To glide. A traveling step executed by gliding the working foot from the fifth position in the required direction - the other foot closing to it.

23. Like a bell. Refers to grand battements to the front and back sliding through first position.

24. 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.

25. Section that brings you to the end of a dance - its big and important.

26. Running.

27. Waltz step. Done with a graceful swaying body. Like a balanca but feet do not cross.

28. Borken/breaking

29. Behind you - movements done behind you.

30. Shaded. Position in which the dancer stands at an oblique angle to the audience so that a part of the body is taken back - almost hidden from view.

31. Male dance partner to the ballerina

32. Whirl - or spin

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

34. To the front. Any step in front of your body.

35. Open - opened.

36. Inward. Indicates that the leg moves in a circular direction - counterclockewise - from the back to the front.

37. Closed sissone. Low elevation and a quick tempo - this sissonne finishes on two feet with the working foot gliding along the floor into the demi-plia in the fifth position.

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

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

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

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

42. The working foot slides from the first or fifth position to the second or fourth position without lifting the toe from the ground.

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

44. At the neck of the foot. Wrapped around.

45. Step in which legs/thighs beat in the air

46. This describes certain jumps and steps - for example - jumping and landing from two feet - or a specific movement that is usually performed at the 'barre' - to stand on one leg - the other leg will then beat against it.

47. Fish. A position of the body in which the legs are crossed in the fifth position and held tightly together with the back arched. This pose is taken while jumping into the air.

48. A

49. Raised

50. In the shape of a cross. (Front - side - back - side)