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.