Ballet Terminology 2 Flashcards

Terms Definitions
To whip
turned aside
to melt
En Dedans
Movement inward
petite jete
small throw
fast, lively movement
movement of the leg
ronds de jambe
round leg
efface devant
shaded to the front
separted or thrown wide apart
Giselle: characters
Giselle, Albrecht, Helarion, Mother, Albrecht's other fiance... Mertha (queen of the Wilis)... corps (townspeople and Giselle's friends in first act- the Wilis in the 2nd act)
echappe battu
escaping movement or slipping movement, beaten
e'chappe' saute'
a jumping or springing echappe
Port De Bras
Graceful carriage of the arms
Enrico Cecchetti
CB, 20th... Italian teacher important to Russian Ballet... private dance instructor for Anna Pavlova... ballet master for Ballet Russes... Cecchetti method of teaching still used today... 1922: Cecchettie Society in England... 1939: Cecchetti Council of America
Separated, thrown wide apart. In this position the dancer faces either one of the two front corners of the room and the working leg is in second.
named after the inventor of the step
to spring into tight fifth balanced position
To slide, allowing foot to leave the floor
Marie Taglioni
Rom, 19th... daughter of Filippo and danced in his ballets... new costumes (bare neck and shoulders, tight bodice, skirt below knee... known for jumps and leaps... perfected pointe... appeared effortless... rivaled fanny elssler... known for spirituality, lightness
Leaning, inclined. As, for example, in arabesque penché, a high arabesque in which the body leans forward, the head being low and the foot of the raised leg the highest point.
Away from the audience, or in class, towards the back of the room.
the position of the limbs or the carriage of the body as a whole:
Take off from one foot, land on same foot
A position of the body, in profile, supported on one leg, which can be straight or demi-plié, with the other leg extended behind and at right angles to it. The arms are held in various harmonious positions creating the longest line possible from the fingertips to the toes. The shoulders are held square to the line of direction. The forms of arabesque are widely varied. The Cecchetti method uses five principle arabesques; the Russian School(Vaganova), four; and the French School, two.
En haut
high, used to indicate a high position of the arms
Adagio — (ah-DAHZ)
A series of slow, fluid exercises intended to develop the dancer’s balance, strength and grace.
third position
a position in which the feet overlap at the heels with the toes pointing out in opposite directions to the left and right.
Giselle: plot 2nd act
Giselle is inducted into the Wilis (the ghosts of young women who died before their marriage of broken hearts and haunt the forest, dancing men to death). Then, Helarion comes to the woods and is killed by them. Next, Albrecht comes and the Wilis want to kill him, but Giselle does some of the dancing for him to save his life. Typical of romantic style (very idealistic)
a pose in dance. It is a position on one leg with thte other lifted in back, the knee bents at an angle of 90 degrees and well turned out so that the knee is higher than the foot.
2nd arabesque
arms are reversed of 1st so that the forward arm is opposite of the supporting leg. The head is slightly inclined and turned toward the audience.
Pas De Bourree
To hustle. A step where the weight is transferred quickly from one foot to the other. Weaving step.
Tendu — (tawn-DEW)
A movement in which the foot begins in first or fifth, brushes along the floor to a stretched, extended and pointed foot and then closes back to either first or fifth.
Temps Lie — (tawn lyay)
From a tendu position, the weight is shifted from the supporting leg to the extended leg, moving first through a plie in the open position.
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