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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Terminology Tuesday Temps

Terminology Tuesday Temps

The word “temps” [tahn] according to Gail Grant’s book, Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet, means “Time, step, movement” and goes on to state “A part of a step or movement in which no transfer of weight takes place.”

Also according to Grant, Temps d’élévation [tahn day-lay-va-SYAWN] is a step of elevation and is applied to all movements which involve a  jump: changements, jetés, sissonnes, etc.

I have seldom heard this long term used in its entirety, but I believe I have often heard it shortened to a more manageable term like “temps sissonne” (see today’s Link of the Day below).

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Terminology Secret #30:
“Temps d’élévation means step of elevation.”

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Quote of the Day:
“Words can be like X-rays if you use them properly -- they’ll go through anything. You read and you’re pierced.”
― Aldous Huxley, Brave New World

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