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Ballet Basics Vocab

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

2. Big - large. (movements)

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

4. Carried. Refers either to a step which is traveled in the air from one spot to another.

5. Running.

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

7. Round of the leg. Circular movement of the leg.

8. Whirl - or spin

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

10. 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.

11. Seven

12. Backwards - reverse.

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

14. To get bigger/ big fast movements

15. 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.

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

17. To rock - or to swing.

18. Open - opened.

19. (Movements) in the air

20. A jump from both feet onto one foot

21. 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.

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

23. 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.

24. Change of the feet in the air.

25. Two

26. Male dance partner to the ballerina

27. 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.

28. To prick

29. This means 'moving' the leg.

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

31. To stretch out - make longer

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. 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. Turning fouetta.

35. Dance for four

36. A

37. Shouldering. The placing of the shoulders.

38. Body.

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

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

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

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

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

44. Dance for two.

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

46. Outward. Leg moves clockwise in a circular motion

47. To throw about. This is a jump from either one foot or both feet. Jump up to double passe and extend out.

48. Raised

49. Arms low or down. This is the dancer's 'attention.' The arms form a circle with the palms facing each other and the back edge of the hands resting on the thighs. The arms should hang quite loosely but not allowing the elbows to touch the sides.

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.