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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Technical Tuesday Temps Lié

Technical Tuesday Temps Lié

Temps lié is a step that transfers weight from one foot to the other. It begins with a tendu in any direction and usually passes through either fourth position or second position, in plié, on the way to shifting the dancer’s weight to the other foot. 

The confusion usually occurs because of the similarity between these two terms:  temps lié and temps levé. These terms also sound very much alike especially in a large echoing studio space.

The difference between these two steps is significant. Temps lié is a transfer of weight using a plié and is very much an on-the-floor movement, whereas a temps levé is a jump that can be on one foot or two.

Another reason to listen carefully in a dance class.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #14k:  
“A temps lié is a step that transfers weight from one foot to the other.”

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