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Ballet Terminology

Plié To bend
demi half
Tendu To stretch or pull
Relevé To rise
Bras Bas low arms
Cambré Arched
Penché Leaning
Arabesque Arabic fashion
Fondu To melt
Rond De Jambe circular movement of the legs
Grand Battement Big beating
Pirouette To whirl/spin
Pas de chat step of the cat
Port de bras Carriage of the arms
Tombé to fall
Glissade to glide
Grand Jeté Big throw
Chassé to chase
Chainé To chain/link
Piqué To prick