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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Terminology Tuesday Emboîté

Terminology Tuesday Emboîté

Most of us are familiar with the step called emboîté (as seen at the end of the coda of Peasant Pas de Deux- see the Link of the Day below at 9:24). But did you ever wonder what the word itself means?

It means “boxed” or “fitted together”. The term comes from the close fitting of the feet that are like a snugly fitted lid on a box. The Russian and Cecchetti schools use this word, but the French school uses the term “petit jeté” and they only do this step on pointe or demi-pointe (according to Gail Grant’s Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet).

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Terminology Secret #75:
“Emboîté means ‘boxed’.”

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