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Ballet Cabriole


Cabriole [ ka-bree-AWL ]. Caper. An allegro step in which the extended legs are beaten in the air. Cabrioles are divided into two categories: petite, which are executed at 45 degrees, and grande, which are executed at 90 degrees. The working leg is thrust into the air, the underneath leg follows and beats against the first leg, sending it higher. The landing is then made on the underneath leg. Cabriole may be done devant, derriere and a la seconde in any given position of the body such as croise, efface, ecarte, etc.    Cabriole a la seconde [ ka-bree-AWL ah la suh-GAWND]. Cabriole to the second position. Cabriole a la seconde follows the same principle as for devant and derriere. The leg which opens to the side may be either the backward or forward one according to the preceding step. Cabriole derriere [ka-bree-AWL deh-RYEHR], Cabriole behind. This cabriole is done in either croise or efface, and follows the same technique as cabriole devant, but the back leg opens to the desired position and is therefore on top and is beaten from below by the supporting leg. The position of the body is en arabesque.  Cabriole devant [ ka-bree-AWL duh-VAHN]. Cabriole in front. This cabriole may be done facing either croise or efface. The most widely used cabriole is the cabriole devant in efface. Fifth position R foot front. Demi-plie and open the R leg forward in efface. Leap upward off the L foot. While the body is in the air the L leg is drawn to the R and beats it with the calf, sending the R leg higher. The legs must be fully extended with the knees taut and the toes well pointed. The landing is made on the L foot in demi-plie. If the cabriole is ouverte the R leg remains in the air in efface, but if the cabriole is fermee the R leg closes in demi-plie in the fifth position front. The leg may be raised a la hauteur or a la demi-hauteur according as the cabriole is grande or petite.    Cabriole fouettee, grande [grahnd ka-bree-AWL fweh-TAY]. Big cabriole whipped. This is a cabriole devant in efface finishing en arabesque.  Cabriole italienne [ka-bree-AWL ee-ta-LYEN]. Italian cabriole. This is a variation of the cabriole fouettee in which the beat occurs after the body has turned into the arabesque position.  Cabriole ouverte [ ka-bree-AWL oo-VEHRT ]. Open cabriole. If the cabriole is ouverte, the working leg is held in the air in the desired pose, such as arabesque, efface devant, croise devant and so on.
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Cabriole [ ka-bree-AWL ]. Caper. An allegro step in which the extended legs are beaten in the air. Cabrioles are divided into two categories: petite, which are executed at 45 degrees, and grande, which are executed at 90 degrees. The working leg is thrust into the air, the underneath leg follows and beats against the first leg, sending it higher. The landing is then made on the underneath leg. Cabriole may be done devant, derriere and a la seconde in any given position of the body such as croise, efface, ecarte, etc.




Cabriole a la seconde [ ka-bree-AWL ah la suh-GAWND]. Cabriole to the second position. Cabriole a la seconde follows the same principle as for devant and derriere. The leg which opens to the side may be either the backward or forward one according to the preceding step.

Cabriole derriere [ka-bree-AWL deh-RYEHR], Cabriole behind. This cabriole is done in either croise or efface, and follows the same technique as cabriole devant, but the back leg opens to the desired position and is therefore on top and is beaten from below by the supporting leg. The position of the body is en arabesque.


Cabriole devant [ ka-bree-AWL duh-VAHN]. Cabriole in front. This cabriole may be done facing either croise or efface. The most widely used cabriole is the cabriole devant in efface. Fifth position R foot front. Demi-plie and open the R leg forward in efface. Leap upward off the L foot. While the body is in the air the L leg is drawn to the R and beats it with the calf, sending the R leg higher. The legs must be fully extended with the knees taut and the toes well pointed. The landing is made on the L foot in demi-plie. If the cabriole is ouverte the R leg remains in the air in efface, but if the cabriole is fermee the R leg closes in demi-plie in the fifth position front. The leg may be raised a la hauteur or a la demi-hauteur according as the cabriole is grande or petite.




Cabriole fouettee, grande [grahnd ka-bree-AWL fweh-TAY]. Big cabriole whipped. This is a cabriole devant in efface finishing en arabesque.


Cabriole italienne [ka-bree-AWL ee-ta-LYEN]. Italian cabriole. This is a variation of the cabriole fouettee in which the beat occurs after the body has turned into the arabesque position.


Cabriole ouverte [ ka-bree-AWL oo-VEHRT ]. Open cabriole. If the cabriole is ouverte, the working leg is held in the air in the desired pose, such as arabesque, efface devant, croise devant and so on.


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