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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Technical Tuesday Jeté

Technical Tuesday Jeté
Today I present the ever-popular jeté. Here is the explanation of a basic jeté from the Encyclopedia Britannica: “…ballet leap in which the weight of the dancer is transferred from one foot to the other. The dancer “throws” one leg to the front, side, or back and holds the other leg in any desired position upon landing.” 
The French word itself means “thrown”. Jetés have several variations, the most common being the grand jeté, which, as the name implies, is a big leap (“big throw”), usually involving a full split in the air. Then there is the grand jeté en tournant (often shortened to “tour jeté”) which is a jeté that turns in the air. Jetés can also involves beats: jeté battu.
The important thing to remember in any type of jeté is that once the feet leave the floor, they must be fully stretched (pointed).

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Secret #15p 
 Jeté means “thrown”. 

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