• Jacklyn Dougherty

110 Ballet Questions and Answers


  1. What is changing of feet?

Changement de pieds - Jump starting and ending with the feet crossed, during which the dancer changes the lewding foot.

2.What is it called when a dancer bends back at waist?

Bending at the waist in any direction, forward, backward, or to the side, the dancer is performing a Cambre.

3.How do you teach ballet dance technique?

Gradually by increasing the difficulty steps from one level to the next level.

4.What allows dancers to move in all directions?


5.How is the proper alignment of your knees in a turned out first position?

Turned out first position in the middle of the kneecaps should be aligned with the second to first toe.

6.What direction does En Dedans do?

En Dedans is a term used in exercises a pirouettes or rond de jambe. En Dedans means inwards. In a pirouette the dancer turn is made inward en dedans to the supporting leg.

7.How to pronounce en dedans

(ahn duh-DAHN)

8.If en dedans is done inwards, how is en dehors done?

For En dehors it is outward. Example a pirouette is performed outwards towards the working leg.

9.How to pronounce en dehors?

En Dehors is pronounced ahn duh-AWR

10. What should be the physical prerequisite for going on ballet pointe?

The dancer foot (ankle) should be able to achieve a vertical position 90 degrees of foot and ankle motion

11. What is First position of the hands?

FOX performed thumb touch middle finger

12. Second position of the hands

Scared fox- thumb not touching middle finger

13.Third position of the hands

Dead fox- winged

14. What does R.I.C.E mean?

R.I.C.E. - Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation

15. What is the treatment plan immediately following a dancer ankle sprain?

R.I.C.E = Rest, Ice, Compression, Elevation. Contact parents and doctor.

16.How does music affect ballet training?

Music affects movement quality. Which will affect muscular involvement and development.

17. What are the seven movements of dancing and how are they defined?

Plié Bend

Étendre Stretch

Sautér Jump

Relever Rise

Tourner Turn

Glisser Glide

Élancer Dart

18.What makes pleasing lines and Helps coordination?

In ballet, Correct use of Port de Bras, helps with making pleasing lines and helps coordination

19.What are the ballet positions of head?

The ballet positions of head are erect, inclined, turned, raised, lowered

20.What is the 1st movement of ballet?

plier (to bend)

21.When achieved by placing the weight evenly over the three points of the feet is called?

Ballet turn-out is achieved by placing the weight evenly distributed over the three points of the feet.

21.2nd movement of ballet called?

etendre (to stretch) is also known as the 2nd movement of ballet.

22. What is the 3rd movement of ballet?

relever (to rise) is the 3rd movement of ballet.

23.How is it best for a ballet student to develop the quality of movement most effectively?

Teacher demonstration is the best for ballet students to learn.

24.What is a ballet curriculum?

A ballet curriculum best describes the work that should be covered and how to cover the work.

25.What is the 4th movement of ballet?

Glisser (to glide) is the 4th movement of ballet

26.What is the 5th movement of ballet?

Sauter (to jump) is the 5th movement of ballet

27.What is elauncer (to dart)?

Elauncer to dart is 6th movement of ballet

28.What is Tourner (to turn)?

Tourner is 7th movement of ballet.

29.What are two types of transfer of weight?

Temple- through a pointed foot and chassé- plié

30.In ballet bones are aligned with the least amount of muscular effort is called?

Correct posture

31.How to correctly use turnout?

Rotation of the hips without distortion of the pelvis, knees, or ankles

32.Ballet correct placement?

Ballet having correct posture while maintaining turnout while moving or standing still.

33.Using the right arm effectively on the left side describes?

Cross lateral coordination.

34.Ballet correct use of foot?

Foot goes through flat, quarter, half, three quarter, full. while jumping, full point, while landing go through the foot.

35.What is the correct use of épaulement

Ballet - head over front foot and in(vaganova) en dehors and en dedans.

36. A ballet syllabus is?

The work that should be covered - ballet.

37.Why is developmental teaching useful?

In ballet it takes into consideration the student’s stage of development.

38.Ballet theory of port de bras?

In Ballet port de bras - one goes up the other goes down, one moves front the other moves back.

39.What is the correct way to maintain balance?

Ballet correct way to maintain balance is to stand foot/feet should be directly under the center line of balance while maintaining muscles engaged.

40.What is ballet 1st position of the feet?

Ballet heels together, turned out.

41.What is the 2nd position of the feet?

The 2nd position of the feet is heels separated, turned out.

42.What is the 3rd position of the feet?

The 3rd position of feet in ballet heel connected to middle of foot

43.3 qualities are indispensable to teaching?

Discipline, musicality and artistry are the 3 qualities to teaching.

44.What is Open 4th position of the feet in ballet?

Open 4th position of the feet in ballet - move out from 3rd.