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Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Terminology Tuesday Ballotté

Terminology Tuesday Ballotté

The word ballotté [ba-law-TAY] means “tossed”. Gail Grant states in her book Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet: “…tossing step requiring a great deal of balance, ballon and èpaulement”.

Yet this is a common step and can be done with the knees straight or bent. It most famously seen in the 1st act of Giselle (see the Link of the Day below).

In the French school the step is called “jeté bateau”.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Terminology Secret #78:
“Ballotté means ‘tossed’.”

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