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Dictionary of French Ballet Terms

We teach using French classical ballet terms

Terms Terms are listed alphabetically - select first letter of term below

A-B  C-D   E-H  I-L  M-P  Q-Z 

Écarté separated, thrown wide apart
Échappé escaping or slipping movement - a level opening of both feet from a closed to an open position
Échappé sur les pointes Échappé on the points or toes. Fifth position R foot front. Demi-plié and, with a little spring, open the feet to the second or fourth position sur les pointes
Effacé, effacée directions of épaulement in which the dancer stands at an oblique angle to the audience so that a part of the body is taken back and almost hidden from view
Élévation the height attained in springing steps such as entrechats, grands jetés
Entrechat step of beating in which the dancer jumps into the air and rapidly crosses the legs before and behind each other (quarte=4 crosses, six = six crosses)
Épaulement bringing one shoulder forward and the other back with the head turned or inclined over the forward shoulder
Exercises à la barre group of exercises performed by the dancer while clasping a bar with one hand.  Bar exercises, or side practice, are the foundation of classical ballet and are to the dancer what scales are to the pianist
Extension used to describe the ability of a dancer to raise and hold her extended leg en l'air
Face, en Opposite (the audience); facing the audience
Fish dive 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 and be caught in a fish dive, and so on.
Fondu, fondue sinking down - used to describe a lowering of the body made by bending the knee of the supporting leg
Fouetté whipped -  applied to a whipping movement. The movement may be a short whipped movement of the raised foot as it passes rapidly in front of or behind the supporting foot or the sharp whipping around of the body from one direction to another
Fouetté en tourant large fouetté, turning
Fouetté rond de jambe en tournant whipped circle of the leg turning - the dancer executes a series of turns on the supporting leg while being propelled by a whipping movement of the working leg
Gateway, the first position, arms are held rounded in front of the body with the fingertips on a level with the bottom of the breastbone
Glissade a traveling step executed by gliding the working foot from the fifth position in the required direction, the other foot closing to it
Grand, grande big, large
 

 

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