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Ballet Croise


Jacklyn Dougherty Croise, croisee [ krwah-ZAY ]. Crossed. One of the directions of epaulement. The crossing of the legs with the body placed at an oblique angle to the audience. The disengaged leg may be crossed in the front or in the back.  Croise derriere (Cecchetti method) [krwah-ZAY deh-RYEHR]. Crossed in back. Croise derriere is one of the eight directions of the body, Cecchetti method. In this position the dancer stands at an oblique angle to the audience, facing either one of the two front corners of the room. The leg farther from the audience is pointed in the fourth position back a terre or raised to the fourth position en Fair. The arms are placed en attitude, with the arm that is low being on the same side as the leg that is extended. The body and head incline toward the low arm, so that the dancer seems to be looking out toward the audience under the high arm.   Croise derriere (Russian School) [ krwah-ZAY deh-RYEHR]. In the Russian School, croise derriere is done with the same leg position as in the Cecchetti method. The torso is held erect and the arms are reversed so that the high arm is on the same side as the extended leg. The head is turned and inclined toward the low arm.   Croise devant [krwah-ZAY duh-VAHN ]. Crossed in front. Croise devant is one of the eight directions of the body, Cecchetti method. In this position the dancer stands at an oblique angle to the audience, facing either one of the two front corners of the room. The leg nearer the audience is pointed in the fourth position front a terre or raised to the fourth position en Fair. The arms are placed en attitude, with the arm that is low being on the same side as the leg that is extended. The body and head are slightly inclined toward the low arm. See illustrations, p. 134.  Croise en arriere [krwah-ZAY ah na-RYEHR]. Crossed backward. A direction for the execution of a step. Used to indicate that a step beginning with the R foot is executed in a diagonal direction toward the left back corner of the stage or room. Similarly a step beginning with the L foot will be executed toward the right back corner of the room.   Croise en avant [krwah-ZAY ah na-VAHN ]. Crossed forward. A direction for the execution of a step. Used to indicate that a step beginning with the R foot is executed in a diagonal direction toward the left front corner of the stage or room. Similarly a step beginning with the L foot will be executed toward the right front corner of the room.
Jacklyn Dougherty


How to ballet Croise, croisee [ krwah-ZAY ]. Crossed. One of the directions of epaulement. The crossing of the legs with the body placed at an oblique angle to the audience. The disengaged leg may be crossed in the front or in the back.


Croise derriere (Cecchetti method) [krwah-ZAY deh-RYEHR]. Crossed in back. Croise derriere is one of the eight directions of the body, Cecchetti method. In this position the dancer stands at an oblique angle to the audience, facing either one of the two front corners of the room. The leg farther from the audience is pointed in the fourth position back a terre or raised to the fourth position en Fair. The arms are placed en attitude, with the arm that is low being on the same side as the leg that is extended. The body and head incline toward the low arm, so that the dancer seems to be looking out toward the audience under the high arm.


Croise derriere (Russian School) [ krwah-ZAY deh-RYEHR]. In the Russian School, croise derriere is done with the same leg position as in the Cecchetti method. The torso is held erect and the arms are reversed so that the high arm is on the same side as the extended leg. The head is turned and inclined toward the low arm.


Croise devant [krwah-ZAY duh-VAHN ]. Crossed in front. Croise devant is one of the eight directions of the body, Cecchetti method. In this position the dancer stands at an oblique angle to the audience, facing either one of the two front corners of the room. The leg nearer the audience is pointed in the fourth position front a terre or raised to the fourth position en Fair. The arms are placed en attitude, with the arm that is low being on the same side as the leg that is extended. The body and head are slightly inclined toward the low arm. See illustrations, p. 134.


Croise en arriere [krwah-ZAY ah na-RYEHR]. Crossed backward. A direction for the execution of a step. Used to indicate that a step beginning with the R foot is executed in a diagonal direction toward the left back corner of the stage or room. Similarly a step beginning with the L foot will be executed toward the right back corner of the room.


Croise en avant [krwah-ZAY ah na-VAHN ]. Crossed forward. A direction for the execution of a step. Used to indicate that a step beginning with the R foot is executed in a diagonal direction toward the left front corner of the stage or room. Similarly a step beginning with the L foot will be executed toward the right front corner of the room.


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