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Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Terminology Tuesday Taqueté

Terminology Tuesday Taqueté

Taqueté [tak-TAY] is an interesting word. I’ve seen choreographers use a sound like “tak tak tak” to indicate a staccato movement and I wonder if it came from taqueté, or if it is just random.

Taqueté means “pegged” and refers to pointe work that involves quick little steps where the tips of the shoes strike the floor sharply. Any steps on pointe that use this staccato accent could be called taqueté.

As for “tak tak tak”… I don’t know.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Terminology Secret #60:
“Taqueté means pegged.”

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