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Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Terminology Tuesday Sautillé

Terminology Tuesday Sautillé

The word sautillé or sautillée [soh-tee-YAY] means hopped or hopping. When this term is added to a step it means the step is performed with hops. For example, grand pirouette sautillé. For more detailed information, see my previous blog: http://balletwebb.blogspot.com/search?q=Sautill%C3%A9

But, you may ask, how is sautillé different than sauté which means jumped or jumping (and is probably more familiar to most dancers)? Jumping means that the step reaches full height with a fully pointed foot in the air, whereas hopping skirts close to the floor. A subtle, but important difference. See today’s Link of the Day below at 0:37 for an example of the small hops of sautillé.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Terminology Secret #63:
“Sautillé means hopped or hopping.”

Link of the Day:

Quote of the Day:
“Those who don't jump will never fly.”
― Leena Ahmad Almashat, Harmony Letters

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