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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Technical Tuesday Balloné and Ballotté

Technical Tuesday Balloné and Ballotté

There are many confusing terms in ballet. Today I’m going to talk about the difference between balloné and ballotté.

In a balloné, the working leg usually extends to 45 degrees, and is then brought back to the standing leg through a low enveloppé. From there it usually extends outward again. It is basically an in and out movement. It can be done as a jump, or not. The word means “bouncing”.

A ballotté is a jump. The dancer begins by bringing both feet up to a double cou de pied position in the air before extending one leg, and landing on the other. The word “ballotté” means “tossed”, and that is a good description of the step – the feet are brought upward and then one leg is “tossed” out in a 45 degree developpé.

There you have it. The basic difference is that balloné involves one leg, but ballotté is a jump with more involvement of both legs.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #15z:  
Balloné involves one leg, ballotté two.”

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