A la seconde (accent over A)
To the side or in the second position. A step that moves sideways or a movement done to the side.
literally-at ease. slow. slow, enfolding movements. Adagio portion of the lesson concenrates on slow movements to imporve the dancer's ability to control the leg and increase extension.
meaning brisk, lively. all bright, fast, or brisk movements.
position of the body supported on one leg, with the other leg extended behind the body with the knee straight.
arriere (accent over first e)
"back" or "backwards". a step that moves backwards or away from the audience.
Assemble (accent over last e)
"assembled". a movement where the first foot performs a battement out and the feet meet together mid air and land with both feet at the same time in either 3rd or 5th position.
standing on one leg while the other leg is liefted and turned out with the knee bent approx. 90 degrees. the lifted leg can either be in front, behind, or to the side. supporting leg can either be flat, demi pointe, or en pointe
"forwards" to the front. step moving forwards, towards the audience.
Balance (accent over last e)
3 counts. typically begins in 5th. one foot extends to the side in the "down, up, down" motion.
italian for female dancer. principle female dancer of a ballet company. very accomplished espeically beyond her company
used in italian for male dancer in the company.
means to bounce. shows the lightness of the movement. A dancer exhibiting ballon would spring off the floor and appear to pause mid-air before landing
horizontal bar, approx. waist height, used for warm-up of various parts of the body that are later used in the centre and exercises for ballet techniques.
beating action of the extended or bent leg. executed to the front, side, or back.
Brise (accent over the e)
broken, breaking. assemble beaten and travelled. leg is thrust from 5th to 2nd in the air and is beat then lands in fifth.
Bourree (accent over first e)
quick, even movements often done en pointe, the movement gives the look of gliding.