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Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Terminology Tuesday Ouverture de Jambe

Terminology Tuesday Ouverture de Jambe

Ouverture de jambe [oo-vehr-TEWR duh zhahnb] is a term of the French school. It means opening of the leg. It is very similar to a grand rond de jambe en l’air, but instead of being a slow movement that begins with a développé, ouverture de jambe is a quick, continuous movement that starts from grand quatrième devant or derrière.

This step is often seen in grand battement combinations, and I have seldom heard ouverture de jambe used. The movement is often simply demonstrated or described as a grand battement rond de jambe or something similar.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #39:
“Ouverture de jambe means opening of the leg.”

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