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Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Terminology Tuesday Étendu

Terminology Tuesday Étendu

Dancers are familiar with the word tendu and that it means stretched. But here is a new one: étendu. I know, it sounds like some oddly-pronounced computer lingo like e-commerce or something. But no.

Étendu [ay-than-DEW] means outstretched or extended. But it goes beyond that in ballet. Étendu is the second half of a pliéwhen the legs straighten.

I’ll bet you didn’t know that half of the plié had a name!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Terminology Secret #86:
“Étendu means extended.”

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