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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Terminology Tuesday Raccourci

Terminology Tuesday Raccourci

The French term raccourci  means “shortcut” and in ballet the step called battement raccourci means, not surprisingly, battement shortened. It is a term of the French school and is the same step as battement retiré.

Battement retiré is described as follows in Gail Grant’s book:
“[ bat-MAHN ruh-tee-RAY ]. Battement withdrawn or
shortened. A term of the French School and the Cecchetti method. From the
fifth position the working foot is lifted so that the toe is touching the hollow at
the back of the knee of the supporting leg, and the thigh raised to the second
position en Fair. With a staccato movement the foot is raised and lowered,
alternating in the fifth position front and back, the accent being on the
downward movement. This is a very useful exercise for warming up and is
especially useful as a preparation for développés, helping to lift the thigh well
up and to turn out.”

Now you know!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #30d:
Battement raccourci means battement shortened.”

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“One bulb at a time. There was no other way to do it. No shortcuts--simply loving the slow process of planting. Loving the work as it unfolded. Loving an achievement that grew slowly and bloomed for only three weeks each year.”
― Jaroldeen Asplund Edwards, The Daffodill Principle

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