A Term Ballet Dictionary of terms at Jacklyn Dougherty
A Ballet Dictionary
Ailes de pigeon [el duh pee-ZHAWJSf]. Pigeon’s wings. The dancer performs a cabriole devant, then the legs change and then beat again, then change once more before the dancer lands on the leg the dancer jumped from, leaving the other leg extended in the air.
Air, en l’ [ ahn lehr]. In the air. Indicates: 1: a movement is to be made in the air 2: the working leg, after being opened to the second position or fourth position a terre, is to be raised to a horizontal position with the toe on the level of the hip.
Allegro Brisk. A ballet term applied to all bright and brisk movements. Steps of elevation such as the entrechat, cabriole, assemble, jete are example of allegro. Qualities to aim at in allegro are lightness, smoothness and ballon.
Allonge [a-lawn-ZHAY], Extended, outstretched. Dancer outstretched.