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Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Terminology Tuesday Piétiner

Terminology Tuesday Piétiner

A term of the French school, piétiner [pyay-tee-NAY] means to stamp the feet. But it isn’t quite what you might think.

Piétiner applies to movements done on pointe, where the feet “stamp” up and down. It is actually less of a stamping movement and more of an accented stabbing.

One really doesn’t want to think about actually stomping the feet while on pointe. Ouch!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Terminology Secret #64:
“Piétiner means to stamp the feet.”

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Quote of the Day:
“When she stamped her foot, it made a strange thud on the desolate beach. Like a heartbeat.”
― David Adams Richards, The Bay of Love and Sorrows

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