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DancePedia - Ballet Positions

Arabesque ( Ah rah besk ) - a ballet position on one leg with the other leg raised behind the body and extended in a straight line.

Attitude ( ah tea tude ) - A variation on the arabesque. The extended leg is raised behind the body but bent at the knee at an angle of 90 degrees.

Assemblé ( assam blay ) - Lifting off the floor on one leg, and landing on two. Legs assemble at the same time and return to fifth position.

Croisé ( quo say ) - A ballet dancer stands with legs crossed at an angle to the audience. The disengaged leg may be crossed in the front or in the back.

Grande Jeté ( grand jeh tay ) - a big jump from one foot to the other in which the working leg is brushed into the air and appears to have been thrown.

Plié ( plee ay ) - means bent, bending - of the knee or knees.

Turn-out - The ballet dancer turns his or her feet and legs out from the hip joints to a 90-degree position.

Pirouette ( peer o wet ) - a rotation or spin - a complete turn of the body on one foot, on point or demi-pointe (half- pointe).

Tour en l'air ( tour on lair ) - a turn in the air - usually a male ballet dancer's step, although ballerinas may do them to depending on the choreography.

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