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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Technical Tuesday Entrelacé

Technical Tuesday Entrelacé

Entrelacé is an interesting step and can have slightly different meanings depending upon the teacher and/or school of training. According to Ballet Hub (https://ballethub.com/ballet-term/entrelace/), entrelacé “is another term used to describe tour jeté”.

I have most often seen it used  to mean a step that starts like a grand jeté en tournant (tour jeté), but in the air the dancer fouettés, and lands with the working leg in front (devant), instead of landing in arabesque. So, this is actually grand jeté en tournant entrelacé, and the work “entrelacé” is used with (to modify) whatever step is being performed (in this case grand jete en tournant). Thus, entrelacé is not used as a stand-alone term.

The ABT site: http://www.abt.org/education/dictionary/terms/jete_tour.html says this: "A term of the Russian School, this jete is done in all directions and in a circle. It is usually preceded by a chasse or pas couru to give impetus to the jump. In the French School this is calle "grand jete desus entournant; in the Cecchetti method: "grandjete en tournant en arriere."

So, as you can see, there are several ways of defining entrelacé.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Ballet Secret #15uu:  
“Entrelacé means “interlaced”.

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