How can we help?

You can also find more resources in our Help Center.

Ballet vocal

STUDY
PLAY
abaissé (a bay say)
lowering heels with straight legs
adagio (a day ee oh)
slow sustained movements
à la second ( a la suh cohnde)
any movement in second posistion
allègro (a lay groh)
light brisk movements with a fast tempo ex. jumps + leaps
aplomb (ap lohn)
control of body and feet in vertical plane, ability to balance
à terre
describes movement on the floor
balancé
a rocked step done in 3/4 time foot pattern side back front back
ballerina
female dancer in ballet company
ballet
to dance, artistic form of theatrical dance with a tradition of classical technique
balletomane
enthusiastic ballet fan
ballon
ability of a dancer to appear to melanin elevated during a jump
barre
hand rail that aids the dancers balance during excersises
battement dégagé
DISENGAGED a brush which extends the leg with pointed toes
grand battement
one leg throws off the floor as high as possible
battement lent
very SLOW unaccented grand battement
battement tendu
STRETCHED the working leg extends as the foot brushes out with the tips of the toes remaining in contact with the floor
bras bas
arms low
châinés
continuous turns performed by stepping from the point of one foot to the other
changement
a jump changing from 5th to 3rd, a CHANGING of feet
chassé
a connective step of elevation with one foot CHASING the other
de côté
movement traveling to the SIDE
demi
half or part of
demi-plié
a partial bending of the knees with heels remaining on the floor
devant
FRONT beginning with the front front
échappé
to ESCAPE the feet from 1st or 5th opening to 2nd
élevé
RISING from flat foot to demi of full pointe WITHOUT aid of a plié
en arriére
traveling BACKWARDS
en avant
traveling FORWARDS
en croix
CROSSWISE a cross pattern
en face
a body direction in with the body faces directly forward and flat to the audience
en l'air
movements performed in the AIR
glissade
GLIDING STEP a connective step begging and ending in 5th position demi plie with both less extended in 2nd position in the air between
grande
LARGE
grande plié
a deep knee BEND with the heels releasing from the floor
jeté
a THROWN step a form of jump springing from one leg and landing on the other
pas de chat
CAT LIKE STEP a spring from one foot to the other with bent knees
passé
a position or movement PASSING through wherein the working leg is bent a the knee and turned out
plié
BENDING the knees while the legs are will turned out with the wight equally distributed
pointe
TOE
port de bras
CARRIAGE OF THE ARMS
port de corps
CARRIAGE OF THE BODY
rélevé
LIFTED a movement WITH a demi plie
rond de jambe
CIRCLE OF THE LEG
sauté
a general term which refers to a jump that starts and ends in demi plie
sickled foot
a foot shaped like a sickle, not good
sous-sus
a displaced releve in fifth on demi of full pointe
sur le cow-de-pied
on the neck of the foot
temp levé
a sauté in any position sprigging from one foot and landing on the same foot
turn out
the rotation of a dancers leg from the hip joints
demo lie
CONNECTED MOVEMENT
tutu
traditional ballet skirt
glissé
a movement in which the whole foot GLIDES