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Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Terminology Tuesday Elan

Terminology Tuesday Elan

The word elan [ay-LAHN] means energy, enthusiasm and style. In dance it refers to the way a dancer attacks or executes a step. In French the term means “to dart” and is often spelled élan.

When a dancer is said to have performed with élan, it means they danced with a certain style or uniqueness. Synonyms for elan are: ArdorDashFlairPanacheStyleZeal.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Terminology Secret #92:
“Élan refers to the way a dancer executes a step.”

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“You know, Minister, I disagree with Dumbledore on many counts...but you cannot deny he's got style...”
― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

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