Ballet Terms (grades 1- 4)

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to bend

demi

small

battement tendus

stretched

retires

withdrawn

jete

throw

port de bras

carriage of the arms

adage

slowly

pirouette

to spin

spring points

points sprung

arabesque

design

saute

to jump

allegro

quickly

bourrees

stuffing step

sideways gallops

gallops to the side

skips

high jumps in passe

reverence

curtsy

exercices au milieu

exercises in the middle

exercices a la barre

exercises at the bar

rond de jambe

circle of the legs

developpe

to unfold

grands battement

big throw

releve

to rise

changement

to change

pas de chat

step of a cat

petits jete

small throws

temps leve

time lifted

chasse

chase

devant

front

derriere

back

soutenu

to sustain

de suite

continuing

temps lie

time shifted

coupe

to cut

en avant

forward

a la quatrieme devant

to fourth and front

a la seconde

to second

a la quatrieme derriere

to fourth and back

autour de la sale

around the room

cou de pied

neck of the foot

en croix

in a cross formation

passe

to pass

glissade

to glide

sissone

scissor step

ferme

closed

soubresaut

jolt

chaine

chain step

croise devant

crossed to the front

croise derriere

crossed to the back

echarte

thrown open

tourner

to turn

en bas

low

en haut

high

fondu

to melt

en arriere

moving backwards

petite tours

small turns

battu

beaten

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