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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Terminology Tuesday Ouverture de jambe

Terminology Tuesday Ouverture de jambe 

Ouverture de jambe  [oo-vehr-TEWR duh zhahnb]is defined as follows from Gail Grant’s Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet:

“Opening of the leg. The ouverture de jambe is a term of the French School; the step resembles the grand rond de jambe en l’air, but whereas the latter is taken slowly and preceded by a développé, the ouverture de jambe is taken from grande quatrieme devant or derriere and is done in one quick movement or stroke, either en dedans or en dehors.”

This may be a version of a step I always called grand battement rond de jambe or grand rond de jambe jeté (see The Link of the Day below). I often include it in grand battement exercises, and in it the working (battement) leg moves in an arc: low in attitude devant to full height in second, finishing in a tendu derriere. For an involved discussion of this step and its variations here is a link: https://dancers.invisionzone.com/topic/53326-ronds-de-jambe-jet%C3%A9s/

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #11m:
“Ouverture de jambe means opening the leg.”

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