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Ballet Terms

A basic set of flash cards on simple ballet terms.
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Plié
to bend
Relevé
to rise
Elevé
to elevate
Tendu
to stretch
Degagé
to disengage
Souté
to jump
Grand Battement
big beat (kick)
Ronde de Jambe
circle of the leg
Tombé
to fall
Frappé
to whip
Pas de Chat
step of the cat
Chassé
to chase
Chaîné
linked turns
Sous-Sous
over/under
Échappé
to escape
Jeté
to toss
Coupé
to cut
Fondu
to melt
Balancé
rocking
Arabesque
position in which the dancer has one leg raised behind and arms outstretched in a conventional pose
Port de Bra
carriage of the arms
Bourreé
small steps
Glissade
to glide
Changement
to change
En Croix
shape of the cross
Piroette
to whirl