Ballet 3&4

A la seconde- to second

Allegro- brisk, lively

balance- rocking step

ballonne-ball-like, bouncing step

ballotte- tossed


cabriole- caper

Cambre- arched, to bend at the waist in any direction

contretemps-beating against time

Croise- crossed

Demi- half

Derrière-behind, in back

Devant- in front

Ecarte- separated, thrown wide apart

Efface- shaded

En arriere- backwards, moving away from the audience

En avant-forwards, moving towards the audience

en balencoire- like a see-saw

en cloche- like a bell

En dehors-outward

En dedans- inward

En face- facing forward

Entrechat- interweaving or braiding, a jump where the dancer crosses the legs before landing

emboite- fitted together, boxed

epaulement- shouldering

Ferme- closed


Grand- large

Jete- thrown

Ouvert- open

pas de cheval- step of the horse

Penche- leaning

Petite- small

promenade- in a walk, turns slowly in place on one foot

rèvèrence- “Bow”. Traditional port-de-bras and port-de-corps showing respect and gratitude to the ballet master or audience

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- cat's jump

soubresaut- sudden spring or bound

soutenu- sustained

Sous-sus over-under,  releve in 5th held tightly together

temps lie- time linked

temps leve- time raised

Tour en l’air- turn in the air