Basic Vocabulary

Adagio

  • VERB, in ballet it means slow, enfolding movements, performed with the greatest amount of fluidity and grace as possible

Allegro

  • VERB, Meaning brisk, lively

Arabesque

  • POSITION, body is supported on one leg with the other leg extended behind the body with both knees straight

Attitude

  • POSITION, dancer stands on one leg while the other leg is held turned out at a 90-degree angle; can be done in derriere, devant, or á la seconde

Battement    

  • A beating movement of the working leg, ie kick

Chaînés

  • abbreviated for tours chaînés déboulés, a series of quick turns

Changement 

  • VERB, changing. A jump in the air with the feet changing positions

Chassé

  • VERB, to chase

Coupé

  • VERB, to cut

Degagé

  • VERB, to disengage

Demi

  • ADJECTIVE, half

Derriére

  • VERB, at or to the back side

Devant

  • VERB, front

Échappé

  • VERB, escaped

Elevé

  • VERB, rise (a relevé without a plié)

Frappé

  • VERB, to strike

Grande jete

  • jumping from one leg to another, doing a full split in the air

Passé

  • VERB, to pass

Piqué

  • VERB, pricked

Pirouette

  • VERB, whirl

Plié

  • VERB, bent

Porte de bras

  • VERB, carriage of the arms

Relevé

  • VERB, lifted

Ronde jambe

  • VERB, circle of the leg

Tendu

  • VERB, to extend or stretch
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