Ballet Terms - Entrechat

by jen
(CA)

Ballet Terms - Entrechat






what do you mean a quick beating step? The word beating came up alot in the defintions and i dont know what is is?

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Reply by Odette to Ballet Terms - Entrechat:

Hi Jen,
Ok, no worries, I will do my best to explain the term 'beat' or 'beating', because this is a phrase used a lot in the allegro section of your ballet class.
The main jumping steps that have a beat is 'royale', 'entrechat' 'jete' and 'brise'. Any other terms associated with a beat can also be 'battu' or 'batterie'.

Basically, it is when one leg comes to contact with the other leg in a beating action. Both legs are stretched and slightly opened before the beat, but it is a fast and almost unseen action that requires quick footwork in the air.

I hope this helps clear your understanding of the term beating. If not, then don't be confused and ask again until I can help explain it better to you!

Best wishes,
Odette

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Ballet Terms - Sauté


(Atlanta)

Ballet Terms - Sauté

jumping up and down in first position?


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Ballet Terms - Sauté

Reply by Odette

Hello,

Thank you for contacting me, it is a great to hear from you again.

Sauté, sautée Jumped, jumping.

This ballet term is pronounced 'soh-TAY'.

Sauté can be added to movements to make it jumping. So you could say 'Sautés in first' which would be jumping and down in first position. You can also get échappé sauté, which is a jump into second position.

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Odette

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Ballet Terms - How do you pronounce?

by Yana
(Gloucestershire)

Ballet Terms - How do you pronounce? : -

I love ballet and always have. How do you pronounce pas de chat, though? And pas couro, along with balances de cote? I know it's supposed to have little marks but it doesn't allow me to on here.

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Reply by Odette

To:- Ballet Terms - How do you pronounce?

Hi Yana,

Pas de chat pah duh shah

Pas couru pah koo-REW

Balancé de Côté ba-lahn-SAY duh koh-TAY

Hope that helps!

Odette

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Ballet Terms - Fan Kick

Ballet Terms - Fan Kick

What is the ballet term for fan kick?

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Reply by Odette
To:- Ballet Terms - Fan Kick

A fan kick is often more considered a jazz term rather than a ballet term, so I am unsure of the official ballet term for this move. It is popular in jazz dance, as it is a very dynamic move which takes a lot of energy and attack.

Fan kick A motion where your body stays aligned and you kick your legs high in the air in a circular motion.

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Ballet Terms - Beats

by Clare
(Victoria)

Ballet Terms - Beats

Hello, What are the proper names for beats? I am doing an assignment in Ballet and a question is:
There are two main types of beats; those that do not change feet are called... and those that do are called? What are they?


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Reply by Odette

Ballet Terms - Beats

Hello Clare,

Thank you for contacting me, it is a pleasure to hear from you.

The two main types of beats you get in ballet are called Entrecat and Royale.

Entrecat does not change feet, because the dancer beats and changes in the air then lands back down with the same foot in front. Royale does change feet because the dancer beats in front first and then changes feet to land.

Entrechat Interweaving or braiding. A beating step where the dancer jumps into the air and rapidly crosses the legs before and behind each other.


Royale Royal. A changement in which the calves are beaten together before the feet change position. It is also known as"changement battu."

All the best,

Odette

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Ballet Terms - "Series of steps"

by Mary Hopson
(Herefordshire, England)

Ballet Terms - "Series of steps"

Would one say "sequence of steps"? Or "passage"? Or what?
To be more specific, could one say "The choreographer created for
the dancer a variety of difficult sequences/passages?" I am thinking of when one is addressing lay people, not experts.

If you would be so good as to advise, I'd be very grateful.



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Reply by Odette

To:- Ballet Terms - "Series of steps"

Hello Mary,

Thank you for your query, you ask a very good question.

You could very rightly say "sequence" or "series", but there are several other ballet terms you could say as an alternative, such as "enchaînement" or "combination".

Combination Sequence of steps

Enchaînement A combination of several steps or movements

Using your example, one could say "The choreographer created for the dancer a variety of difficult combinations".

I have added these ballet terms into my ballet dictionary, so thank you for putting forward your questions.

All the best

Odette

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Ballet Terms - Assignment

Ballet Terms - Assignment

hi,my daughter is currently having ballet class and her teacher gave her assignment and i've search the entire internet for it but im still at lost please help... what is slapps? thank so much! godbless!

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Ballet Terms - Assignment

Reply by Odette

Hello,

Thank you for contacting me. It is a pleasure to hear from you.

I am also unsure to what slapps is. Perhaps double check the spelling? Take a look through my ballet terms and see if you can find anything else it could be.

In the meantime, if any other visitors know what slapps could be then please feel free to contribute!

Please do let me know when you find out.

Best Wishes,

Odette

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