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Abstract Ballet - Assemble coupe derriere

Definitions of Classical Ballet
Abstract Ballet
A ballet without a plot. A composition of pure dance movement expressed for its own sake.
Adage, Adagio [French: a-DAHZH]
1) A series of exercises following the centre practice, consisting of a succession o slow and graceful movements which may be simple or of the most complex character, performed with fluidity and apparent ease. Develops a sustaining power, sense of line, & poise. Plies, developpes, grand fouette en tournant, degages, grand rond de jambe, rond de jambe en l'air, coupes, battements tendus, attitudes, arabesques, preperations for pirouettes.
Adage, Adagio [French: a-DAHZH]
2) The opening section of the classical pas de deaux, in which the ballerina, assisted by her male partner, performs the slow movements and enlevements in which the danseur lifts, supports or carries the danseuse. The danseuse thus supported exhibits her grace, line and perfect balance while executing developpes, pirouettes, arabesques and so on, and achieves combinations o steps and poses which would be impossible without the aid of her partner.
Ailes de pigeon [el duh pee-ZHAWN]
Pigeons wings. The dancer pefrorms a cabriole devant, then the legs change and beat again, then change once more before the dancer lands on the leg he or she jumped from, leaving the other leg extended in the air. Also known as "pistolet".
Air, en l' [ahn lehr]
In the air. Indicates a movement that is to be made in the air. Indicates that the working leg, ater being opened to the 2nd or 4th position a terre, is to be raised to a horizontal position with the toe on the level of the hip
Allegro [a-lay-GROH]
Brisk, Lively. A term applied to all bright and brisk movements. Lightness, smoothness and ballon. (entrechant, cabriole, assemble, jete ect...)
Allonge [a-lawn-ZHAY]
Extended, outstretched.
Aplomb [a-PLAWN]
Assurance, Poise.
Arabesque, en [ah na-ra-BESK]
In Arabesque position.
Arabesque a deux bras [a-ra-BESK a duh brah]
Arabesque with two arms. Arabesque taken in profile with the extended leg nearest the audience. Both arms are extended forward with one arm on the side of the supporting leg held slightly higher. The head may be held in profile or turned to the audience.
Arabesque a la demi-hauteur -French School
Arabesque at half-height. Foot raised to a position halfway between the position a terre and horizontal position in the air.
Arabesque a la hauteur - French School
Arabesque at the height. Working leg is raised at right angles to the hip.
Arabesque a la lyre [a-ra-BESK a lah leer]
Arabesque with the lyre. This position resembles the arabesque a deux bras (3rd Arabesque Cecchetti) but both palms are held up and the elbows are slightly curved as if the dancer were holdinng a lyre.
Arabesque allongee
Extended or outstretched arabesque. Horizontal line.
Arabesque allongee a terre
Arabesque extended on the ground. Standing leg in plie, opposite leg extended in the back with foot well turned out and on the ground. Arms may be held in attitude, en couronne & so on. Position may be taken en face, croise or ouvert.
Arabesque a terre
Arms and body in Arabesque but the leg usually raised, is extended in the fourth position back, pointe tendue.
Arabesque croisee
Presents a 3quarter view of the body & faces a front corner of the stage. Supporting leg near Audience.
Arabesque de face
Arabesque facing the audience
Arabesque effacee
1st Arabesque (all schools) taken in effacee position.
Arabesque en promenade
Arabesque when slowly turning made either en dedans or endehors in an arabesque position. This is a temps d'adage
Arabeesque en tournant
When a pivot is made on the standing leg in Arabesque.
Arabesque epaulee
Dancer stands @ an oblique angle to the audience. Raised leg and forward arm are nearest the audience & the shoulders are turned so that the dancers back is visable.
Arabesque etiree -French School
Neoclassical Arabesque on point & supported by partner, shifts axis backward so that supporting leg is oblique and free leg held very high (in a split)
Arabesque fondue
Arabesque in which the knee of the supporting leg is bent.
Arabesque inclinee - French School
Neoclassical Arabesque on point supported by partner , shifts axis forward so that supporting leg is oblique. Because of the slant of supporting leg the free leg will be held at an angle of less than 90 degrees.
Arabesque ouverte -French School
Arabesque taken in profile to the audience. leg near audience is raised & the arm on the side of the supporting leg extended forward, head is in profile.
Arabesque penchee
Arabesque in which the body leans well forward in an oblique line, the forward arm and the head being low and the foot of the raised leg the highest point.
Arabesque plie
another term for Arabesque fondue
Arabesque poussee-French School
another term for Arabesque inclinee
Arabesque voyagee
series of small hops in an arabesque position.
Arque [ar-KAY]
Arched (bowlegged). In 1st position there is space between the knee joints.
Arriere, en [ah na-RYEHR]
Used to indicate that a step is executed moving away from the audience.
Arrondi [a-rawn-DEE]
Rounded, curved.
Assemble [a-sahn-BLAY]
working foot slides along the floor then sweeps into the air, as the foot goes into the air the dancer pushes off the floor with the supporting leg. Land in fifth position.
Assemble, double-Russian School
2 assambles to the second position @ 45 degrees; 1st assemble done without a change, the second with a change.
Assemble, grand
working foot slides along the floor then sweeps into the air into a horrizontal position or a la hauteur, as the foot goes into the air the dancer pushes off the floor with the supporting leg.Legs come to 5th before landing fifth position.
Assemble, petite
working foot slides along the floor then sweeps into the air with battemet to a point midway between a position of the foot a terre & its equivalant en l'air.
Assemble battu
5th position R foot back. Demi-plie, brush the R leg to the side & push off the floor with the L foot. On return to 5th the R leg beats the L in the back, opens slightly and comes to the ground with L leg in 5th R foot front. The beat is made with the calves.
Assemble coupe-Cecchetti Method
Assemble started from one foot. working leg may be sur le cou-de-pied or pointe tendue or raised en l'air. working leg closes into the 5th position without a brush.
Assemble coupe derriere-Cecchetti Method
Standing on the R foot with L foot sur le cou-de-pied derriere or pointed in the 4th position derriere a terre or en l'air. Demi-plie and spring off the R foot. Come to the ground in demi-plie in the 5th position L foot back.