Ballet Terms

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1. 
1st arabesque
 
right leg and right arm back, left leg down, left leg forward
 
2. 
2nd arabesque
 
right leg back, left arm back, left leg down and right arm forward
 
3. 
3rd arabesque
 
left leg back, left arm forward, right leg down, right arm back
 
4. 
4th arabesque
 
left leg back, left arm back, right leg down, right arm forward. body slightly twisted.
 
5. 
en dehors
 
an "outside" circle, when the leg moves from the front to the back, or away from the center line of the body
 
6. 
en dedans
 
an "inside" circle, when the leg moves from the back to the front, or towards the center line of the body.
 
7. 
port de bras
 
"carriage of the arms" - preparation of the arms, preparing for the routine?
 
8. 
ronde jambe en l'air/a terre
 
"circle of the leg in the air/on the ground", can be en dehors and en dedans
 
9. 
tendus
 
"to stretch"
 
10. 
degages
 
"to disengage"
 
11. 
fondue
 
"to melt"
 
12. 
frappe
 
"strike"
 
13. 
pique
 
"strike"
 
14. 
temps lie
 
"time ..." tendus forward to extended fourth demi plie, then tendus backwards and close fifth
 
15. 
pas de cheval
 
"step of the horse"
 
16. 
pas de chat
 
"step of the cat"
 
17. 
saute
 
"jump"
 
18. 
echappe
 
"to escape" (jump out of fifth into fourth (or second?))
 
19. 
chasse
 
"chase, hunt"
 
20. 
fouitte
 
"to whip" (often used in pirouettes)
 
21. 
jete
 
"to throw"
 
22. 
grand jete
 
leap with straight legs, hands in fourth
 
23. 
saute de chat
 
"jump of the cat" - leap through develope, hands in fourth
 
24. 
tombe
 
"fall"
 
25. 
pas de bourree
 
three steps, typically back side front
 
26. 
glissade
 
"to glide" (a mini leap, hands stay in middle fifth)
 
27. 
temps leve
 
"time lifted", jump on one foot, keeping the other in it's position
 
28. 
changemeants
 
"to change"
 
29. 
soubresaut
 
a jump in fifth in which the feet do not change
 
30. 
assemble
 
"to assemble" - get your feet together while in midair
 
31. 
Failli
 
saute forward, land on just one foot, with back foot raised, then back foot sweeps forward to front.