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Dance Terms

Common ballet & jazz terms

Dancing Princesses
    1.    Ballet – theatrical work with dancers, costumes, and scenery creating movement and expression
    2.    Ballerina – female dancer
    3.    Tutu – Classical/Romantic ballet costume
    4.    Barre – horizontal wooden bar in the classroom in which the dancer holds for support
    5.    Port de Bras – carriage of the arms
    6.    Plie – to bend the knees
    7.    Demi Plie – little bend of the knees
    8.    Releve -  to rise
    9.    Pique – to prick your toes, “fast points”
    10.    Passe – to pass
    11.    Demi Pointes – standing on the balls of your feet “half pointes”
    12.    Arabesque – basic ballet pose
    13.    Temps lie – step to connect
    14.    Diagonale – in a diagonal progression
    15.    Adagio- slow and graceful movements, at ease
    16.    Allegro – fast, lively, brisk movements of the feet and legs
    17.    Chasse – to chase the feet
    18.    Pas Marche - marching movement
    19.    Saute – jumping, small spring
    20.    Echappe – to escape in a jump
    21.    Reverence – to bow, curtsey

Tiny Ballerinas
(Including all of the above)
 
    1.    Danse – dance
    2.    Corps – body
    3.    Turn out – ability to turn the legs out from the hip joints
    4.    Bras – arms
    5.    Tendu – to stretch the feet out without bending the knee, turned out
    6.    a la seconde – placed to the side (arms and feet)
    7.    Cou-de-pied – “neck of the foot” “smores” “dip in dots”
    8.    Demi Rondes – half round, half circle
    9.    Jambe - leg
    10.    Rond de jambe – round, circular movement of the leg, capital letter D
    11.    en Dehors – outward, clockwise “out the door”
    12.    en Dedans – inward, counter clockwise
    13.    Bourree – to tamp, small steps in demi pointe
    14.    Grand Battement – Big beat
    15.    Emboite – to fit in, joining, jumping movement from one foot to the other “Spring Points”
    16.    Derriere – back direction
    17.    Devant – front direction
    18.    Grand – big
    19.    Grand Jete – big throwing leap, split in the air
    20.    First Port de Bras – 1st, 3rd, 2nd arm positions (Vangonava Method)
 
Beginning Ballet I
(Including all the above)
    1.    Grand Plie –Large bend of the knees
    2.     en Croix – in the shape of a cross
    3.    Coupe – to cut
    4.    Battement – beating
    5.     Battement tendu jete – working foot rises about 4 inches from the floor with a well pointed toe, then slides back into the starting position
    6.    Supporting Leg – leg that supports the body, “standing leg” usually the inside leg at the barre,
    7.    Working Leg – leg that is moving, usually the outside leg at the barre
    8.     Fondu – to melt
    9.    A terre – on the ground, floor
    10.    en l’air – in the air
    11.    Rond de jambe a terre  - round, circular movement of the leg on the ground
    12.    Rond de jambe en l’air – round, circular movement of the leg in the air
    13.    Developpe – to develop, developing movement
    14.    Ecarte – separated, thrown wide apart
    15.    Croise – to cross
    16.    Efface – shaded
    17.     en Avant – forward
    18.    en Arriere - backwards
    19.    Pas – step
    20.    Pas Balance – rocking step
    21.    Changement – change of the feet in jump
 
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