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Friday, July 10, 2015

Fun Friday Failli

Fun Friday Failli

In the category of ballet terms that are pronounced quite differently than they are spelled (like en haut – oh), I present “failli” (fai-yee). That’s right, that’s how it is pronounced. Failli is the step that appears in between or before other steps, like the combination of faille assemblé. It is a linking step and is often used in jump combinations.

The word itself means “to give away”, or interestingly, “bankrupt”. In ballet the definition most often used is the first one, since being bankrupt in anything is not an admirable goal.

A failli, in the most basic sense is a “step through”, which is what I tell my adult beginners. It is a step through (gracefully) into a plié, which allows a shift of weight and then allows the other foot to do whatever it is going to do – like an assemblé.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #13m:  
The word “failli” means “give away”.

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