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Monday, January 12, 2015

Marvelous Monday Dégagé

Marvelous Monday Dégagé

The word dégagé means disengaged. The full term is battement dégagé, and is sometimes called battement glissé (glided); or tendu jeté (thrown). Whatever it is called, a dégagé leaves the floor, unlike a tendu that stays on the floor.

A common problem is a dégagé that lifts too far off the floor. This creates problems later, especially as dancers begin to develop increasing speed in their footwork. If the foot lifts too far, it takes too long – and compromises the dancer’s speed. A dégagé only lifts a little bit off the floor – usually an inch or two.

Here is the secret for dégagés: imagine that the foot stretches so hard and so beautifully that it simply has to levitate away from the floor a little bit.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #4j:  
“A dégagé only lifts away from the floor a little bit.”

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