Fundamentals of Ballet, Dance 10AB, Professor Sheree King. Literally the Earth. The leg is in contac - Fundamentals of Ballet Dance 10AB Professor

Fundamentals of Ballet, Dance 10AB, Professor Sheree King. Literally the Earth. The leg is in contac

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BALLET TERMS DEFINITION A la seconde One of eight directions of the body, in which the foot is placed in second position and the arms are outstretched to second position. (ah la suh-GAWND) A Terre Literally the Earth. The leg is in contact with the floor. Arabesque One of the basic poses in ballet. It is a position of the body, in profile, supported on one leg, with the other leg extended behind and at right angles to it, and the arms held in various harmonious positions creating the longest possible line along the body. Attitude A pose on one leg with the other lifted in back, the knee bent at an angle of ninety degrees and well turned out so that the knee is higher than the foot. The arm on the side of the raised leg is held over the held in a curved position while the other arm is extended to the side (ah-tee-TEWD) Adagio A French word meaning at ease or leisure. In dancing, its main meaning is series of exercises following the center practice, consisting of a succession of slow and graceful movements. (ah-DAHZ-EO) Allegro Fast or quick. Center floor allegro variations incorporate small and large jumps. Allonge´ Extended, outstretched. As for example, in arabesque allongé. Assemble´ Assembled or joined together. A step in which the working foot slides well along the ground before being swept into the air. As the foot goes into the air the dancer pushes off the floor with the supporting leg, extending the toes. (ah-sahm-BLAY) En Avant Forward. Used to indicate that a given step is executed moving toward the audience. Balance´ Rocking step. The weight is shifted from one foot to the other. (ba-lahn-SAY) (en tournant) Ballon Literally bounce. The springy quality of a jump. Barre The railing that a dancer uses for balance in the beginning exercises of a ballet class. Battement A beating action of the extended or bent leg. (bat-MAHN) Battement Tendu Stretched. As, for example, in battement tendue. (tahn- DEW) Bras Arm (brah) Cambre´ Bending the body to the side. Chaine´ Chains, links. A series of rapid turns on the pointes or demi- pointes done in a straight line or in a circle (sheh-NAY) Changement Change of feet. Changements are springing steps in the fifth position, the dancer changing feet in the air and alighting in the fifth position with the opposite foot in front.
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