Anjuli_Bai Posted October 13, 2013 Share Posted October 13, 2013 (edited) Thoughts about terminology............... Degagé is often used in (but not limited to) the USA as opposed to glissé which is not as widely used. It is a battement in which the foot fully extends out much like a tendue - except that it leaves the floor for about two inches and is often done at a fairly quick tempo. "Posé" is a term to describe stepping out onto demi-pointe (or full pointe) into a pose such as arabesque or into a en dedans turn. It is used by Cecchetti School and thus, I believe, became part of the RAD terminology. In most non-syllabus schools in the USA - the term "piqué" is used rather than "posé." Piqué means "pricked." Though one might think it always means "stepping out" such as into an arabesque or turn - that is not so. It can also be done as "degagé/glisse" in which the foot fully extends, lifts two inches off the floor, quickly flicks back down to touch the floor, rising again to two inches off the floor and then back to original position (1st, 2nd, 5th, etc.) What are commonly called "lame ducks" (a most unballetic term) is really a "piqué/posé tour en dehors. What in the USA is commonly called a "tour jeté" has many different expressions: French school - grand jeté dessus en tournant and jeté dessus en tournant, grand. Cecchetti - Jeté en tournant en arriére, grand Russian School: Jeté entrelacé. I was taught that the full name is "grand jeté entournant entrelacé" No wonder we shorten it to "tour jeté” !!! Another term often used interchangeably is "passé and "retiré" - when actually they are different. A "passé" is a "retiré" which when the moving foot rises up the supporting leg passes to the other side of the knee (if it came up from the front it then passes to the back and vice versa. What is the difference between a "tour" and a "pirouette"? Any turn is a tour (a turning of the body) whilst a "pirouette" is a tour sur la place. A pirouette covers no space - essentially beginning which it started. If anyone is still reading this.....I congratulate you! Edited October 13, 2013 by Anjuli_Bai 16 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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