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Arts and Humanities
Ballet 3 & 4
Terms in this set (63)
A la seconde
ball-like or bouncing step
arched, to bend at the waist in any direction
Beating against time
Separated, thrown wide apart
like a bell
Like a see-saw
outward, moving away from the center of the body
inward, towards the center of the body
interweaving or braiding, a jump where the legs cross before landing
boxed, fitted together
pas de cheval
step of the horse
Port de bras
carriage of the arms
In a walk, a turn slowly on 1 foot
Bow". Traditional port-de-bras and port-de-corps showing respect and gratitude to the ballet master or audience
royal, a jump where the calves beat before the feet change
Saute de Basque
basque jump, a traveling step in which the dancer turns in the air with one foot drawn up to the knee
saute de chat
sudden spring or bound
under-over, releve in 5th held tightly together
Tour en l'air
turn in the air
A la quatrieme devant
A la quatrieme derrière
7 basic movements of dance 1/7
1.Plier "to bend" and describes the bending of the knees. Pliés are typically the first exercise performed at the barre. The plié is the single most pliè
important step in ballet because it allows the knees and ankles to absorb the force of the movements in a fluid, spring-like way that makes dancing
7 basic movements of dance 2/7
[ay-TAHN-druh] means "to stretch" and describes the stretching of the toe, ankle, and knee, resulting in the ballet aesthetic of a straight leg with a pointed toe.
7 basic movements of dance 3/7
[glee-SAY] means "to glide" and describes the sliding movement of the feet against the floor. Just like ice-skating, a smooth brushing of the foot propels the leg smoothly into extension and off of the ground.
7 basic movements of dance 4/7
Relever "to rise" and describes the lifting of the heels off the ground to balance on the ball of the foot. Women may also rise to the tips of their toes if they are wearing pointe shoes.
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Sauter "to jump" and is the natural progression from the relevé. The dancer pushes off from plié into the air, leaving the floor with pointed toes and extended legs.
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Tourner [toor-NAY] "to turn around" and describes any turning of the body. Turns can be done in place, across the floor, or in the air.
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Élancer [ay-lahn-SAY] "to dart." Movements done élancé are done in a darting manner along or just above the surface of the floor with strongly stretched legs and pointed toes. This term most often relates to jumping along rather than up.
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