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Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Wacky Wednesday Confusion

Wacky Wednesday Confusion

Two ballet terms that are seldom heard today are dessus, and dessous. You’ll soon understand why they are not heard much anymore.

Dessus, which means top, is pronounced duh-SUI.  This term means that the working foot passes over the supporting foot. Dessous, (underneath or below) is pronounced duh-SOO, means that the working foot passes under the supporting foot. Well!

If that isn’t confusing enough, remember that dance studios are usually large, echo-prone spaces and in such an environment making out the difference in the two pronunciations is problematic at best.

That’s why most people use over and under.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #21kk:
“Dessus means the working foot goes over, and dessous means it goes under.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Over, under, around, or through. There is always a way.
- Soteria”
― Sherrilyn KenyonAcheron

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