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Ballet Basics Vocab

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1. To prick

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

3. A step traveling in a diagonal direction.

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

5. Dance for four

6. To get bigger/ big fast movements

7. Whipped. A term applied to a whipping movement.

8. Behind you - movements done behind you.

9. Borken/breaking

10. 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.

11. Seven

12. Turning. Indicates that the body is to turn while executing a given step.

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

14. To stretch out - make longer

15. Raised

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

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

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

19. Male dance partner to the ballerina

20. 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.

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

22. Foot rises about four inches from the floor with a well-pointed toe - then slides back into the the first or fifth position.

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

24. Grand dance for two. Has a definite 5 parts.

25. Shouldering. The placing of the shoulders.

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. Two

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

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

30. Whirl - or spin

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

32. A stationary handrail that is used during ballet warm up exercises. The term also refers to the exercises that are performed at the barre - as well as that part of a ballet class that incorporates barre exercises. Much of a ballet dancer's training t

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

34. 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.

35. Small - half bend of the knees.

36. Connected movements on the points

37. Chased. A step in which one foot literally chases the other foot out of its position; done in a series.

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

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

40. 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.

41. Slow - sustained movement

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

43. Flying brisa. In this brisa the dancer finishes on one foot after the beat - the other leg crossed either front or back.

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

45. Outward. Leg moves clockwise in a circular motion

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

47. To throw. A jump from one foot to the other in which the working leg is brushed into the air and appears to have been thrown.

48. (Movements) in the air

49. Leg.

50. 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.