Dance Vocab

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Ball Change
The transfer of weight from one foot to the other on the ball of the foot.
Battement
Beating; a straight-legged kick, the toe brushing off the floor
Box Step
A movement consisting of four walking steps performed in a square (forward, cross, backward, and side).
Chainé
Chain of turns; series of rapid turns in first position
Chassé
Chased; chasing step
Demi
Small or half
Demi Plié
A half bending of the knees, heels on floor
Elevé
Smooth, continuous rise to half toe
En Croix
In shape of cross, front, side, back, side - a descriptor
Fan Kick
A movement in which the leg makes a sweeping arch through space. It crosses in front of the body and sweeps to make a half circle before touching the ground.
Isolation
Movement of one part of the body
Jazz Walk
An exchange of weight from one foot to another with the hip leading
Jeté
Thrown or leap, elevation from one foot to the other foot
Pas De Bourreé
Braiding step
Passé
Passed; bring foot to knee
Passé Sauté
A vertical jump in the passé position
Pirouette
Spin, whirl; a turn; Performed in a parallel or turned out position.
Pivot
A movement performed on the balls of the feet, quickly changing the direction of the body.
Port De Bras
Carriage of the arms (know 1st, 2nd, 3rd, & 5th)
Sauté
Jump or hop
Tendu
Stretched; smooth press of the foot to a point
Grand
Large
Grand Jeté
A large jump from one foot to the other - a split leap
Grand Plié
Deep bending; a full bending of the knees, heels come off the floor, except in 2nd position.
Jazz Dance
A classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Before the 1950s, jazz dance referred to dance styles that originated from African American vernacular dance.