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Battement soutenu

Battement soutenu [ bat-MAHN soot-NEW]. Battement sustained.

Fifth position right foot front. Fondu on left leg, sliding right foot while keeping the straight knee to the fourth position front, to the second position or to the fourth position back, pointe tendue. Straighten the left knee, closing right foot to the fifth position. This exercise is usually executed en croix at barre and may also be performed with a petit developpe before right foot points on the floor. Left leg then straightens and rises on demi-pointe as the right leg is drawn to it and both legs join in fifth position on the demi-pointes.

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