Dance Team Vocabulary

Dance Team Vocabulary

Adagio Slow

Allegro Fast

Arabesque A position on one leg with the other extended, straight, to the back

Assemble To assemble

A Terre On the ground

Attitude A position on one leg with the other extended, bent, to the front, side, or back

Balance A rocking step

Barre The introductory warm up portion of ballet class

Battement To beat

Cambre Bend of the body from the waist

Center Floor The 2nd part of the ballet class comprised of adagio, turns, and small jumps (petit allegro)

Chaine Chain

Changement To change

Chasse To chase
Coupe To cut

Croise Crossed

Degage To disengage

Demi Half

Derriere Back

Devant Front

Developpe To develop

Ecarte Separated

Echappe To escape

Efface Shaded

En Avant Forward

En bas Starting position, on the bottom

En cloche Like a bell

En croix In the shape of a cross

En dedans Inward

En dehors Outward

En face Facing the audience

En l’air In the air

En tournant Turning

Entrechat Interweaving

Enveloppe To envelop

Fondu To melt

Fouette To whip

Frappe To strike

Glissade To glide

Grand Big

Grand Allegro Big jumps across the floor

Jete To throw

Pas de Bourree 3 small steps done quickly

Pas de Chat Step of the Cat

Pas de deux Dance for two

Penche Leaning/ Inclining

Petit Small

Petit allegro Small jumps

Pique To prick

Pirouette To turn

Plie To bend

Port de bras Movement of the arms

Releve To rise

Reverence To bow

Rond de jambe Circle of the leg

Saute To jump

Tendu To stretch

Tour To turn