a horizontal wooden pole used for support; also the beginning exercises for a ballet class
a controlled movement (forward, sideward, orbackward) of the leg in which a straight leg is lifted from the hip and returned tothe floor
the part of the ballet class comprised of steps and combinations executedin the middle of the studio or traveling across the floor
to chain; a series of linked turns keeping the feet in first position
to chase; one foot chases the other (step, close, step)
a brush barely off of the floor; passes through the tendu positions
big or large
Pas de bouree
a sideways movement that steps behind,side, and front
to pass; working leg meets the knee of the supporting leg. may be parallel or turned out.
A turn executed on one leg and does not travel. Can be done parallel or turned out.
to bend the knees
Port de bras
the carriage of the arms
raised on the toes
A movement of the head in turns where the eyes are focused on aparticular spot in the direction of the turn, and the head is quickly snapped back at the last possible moment to re-focus on the same spot.
stretched; the foot brushes along the floor to a pointed toe
the ability to turn out or rotate legs from the hip joints