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Developpe Ballet


Jacklyn Dougherty  Developpe, temps [tahn dayv-law-PAY]. Time developed, developing movement. Through common usage the term has become abridged to developpe. A developpe is a movement in which the working leg is drawn up to he knee of the supporting leg and slowly extended to an open position en l’air and held there with perfect control. The hips are kept level and square to the direction in which the dancer is facing. Developpes are performed a la quatrieme devant, a la seconde and a la quatrieme derriere and may be executed in all directions of the body. They are done with the supporting foot flat on the ground, on the demi-pointe, full point or en fondu. In the Cecchetti method, the working foot is brought up to the retire position with the toe pointed at the side of the knee (retire de cote) before extending the leg in the required direction. In the Russian and French Schools, the pointed toe is brought to retire devant before extending the leg forward or to retire derriere before extending the leg backward. When performing a developpe to second position, the front foot is brought to retire devant and then extended, or the back foot is brought to retire derriere and then extended.  Developpe a la quatrieme derriere [ dayv-law-PAY a lah ka-tree-EM deh-RYEHR]. Developpe to the fourth position back. Fifth position R foot back. Raise the R foot sur le cou-de-pied derriere and slowly draw the pointed foot up the back of the leg to retire derriere. With the knee pressed well outward, slowly extend the pointed toe backward to the fourth position en Fair. The pointed foot is then lowered to the floor and closed in the fifth position. In developpe a la quatrieme derriere the body inclines slightly forward.  Developpe a la quatrieme devant [ dayv-law-PAY a lah ka-tree-EM duh-VAHEf]. Developpe to the fourth position front. Fifth position R foot front. Raise the R foot sur le cou-de-pied devant in either the pointed or wrapped position, then slowly draw the pointed foot up the front of the leg to retire devant. With the knee pressed well outward, slowly extend the pointed toe forward to the fourth position en Fair. The pointed foot is slowly lowered to the floor and closed in the fifth position.  Developpe a la seconde [dayv-law-PAY a lah suh-GAWND]. Developpe to the second position en Fair. The foot is drawn up to the retire position front or back before extending the leg to the second position en Fair.    Developpe passe [dayv-law-PAY pa-SAY]. Developpe, passing. The working foot passes the supporting knee from front to back and extends in developpe (developpe passe en arriere), or the working foot passes the supporting knee from back to front and extends in developpe (developpe passe en avant). This developpe may be executed with a releve, a pique or a temps leve.  Directions of movements. See Cote, de; Descendant, en; Diagonale, en; Manege, en; Reculant, en; Salle, autour de la; and so on.  Directions or body alignment. The direction in which the dancer stands in relation to the audience is very important. If all the steps and poses were taken en face, the dance would be very monotonous. The diagrammatic floor plan (p. 125) shows the feet in the fifth position facing the various directions, using the R foot and starting a step forward, backward or to the side, the top of the page being the audience. For instance, a chasse when taken with the R foot toward the right front corner of the room (corner 1; diagram, p. 138) is a chasse efface en avant but if the chasse is taken toward the left front corner of the room (corner 2) with the R foot it becomes a chasse croise en avant. Directions or positions of the body. See Positions of the body, basic, Cecchetti method; Positions of the body, basic, Russian and French Schools.
Jacklyn Dougherty

Developpe, temps [tahn dayv-law-PAY]. Time developed, developing movement. Through common usage the term has become abridged to developpe. A developpe is a movement in which the working leg is drawn up to he knee of the supporting leg and slowly extended to an open position en l’air and held there with perfect control. The hips are kept level and square to the direction in which the dancer is facing. Developpes are performed a la quatrieme devant, a la seconde and a la quatrieme derriere and may be executed in all directions of the body. They are done with the supporting foot flat on the ground, on the demi-pointe, full point or en fondu. In the Cecchetti method, the working foot is brought up to the retire position with the toe pointed at the side of the knee (retire de cote) before extending the leg in the required direction. In the Russian and French Schools, the pointed toe is brought to retire devant before extending the leg forward or to retire derriere before extending the leg backward. When performing a developpe to second position, the front foot is brought to retire devant and then extended, or the back foot is brought to retire derriere and then extended.


Developpe a la quatrieme derriere [ dayv-law-PAY a lah ka-tree-EM deh-RYEHR]. Developpe to the fourth position back. Fifth position R foot back. Raise the R foot sur le cou-de-pied derriere and slowly draw the pointed foot up the back of the leg to retire derriere. With the knee pressed well outward, slowly extend the pointed toe backward to the fourth position en Fair. The pointed foot is then lowered to the floor and closed in the fifth position. In developpe a la quatrieme derriere the body inclines slightly forward.


Developpe a la quatrieme devant [ dayv-law-PAY a lah ka-tree-EM duh-VAHEf]. Developpe to the fourth position front. Fifth position R foot front. Raise the R foot sur le cou-de-pied devant in either the pointed or wrapped position, then slowly draw the pointed foot up the front of the leg to retire devant. With the knee pressed well outward, slowly extend the pointed toe forward to the fourth position en Fair. The pointed foot is slowly lowered to the floor and closed in the fifth position.


Developpe a la seconde [dayv-law-PAY a lah suh-GAWND].

Developpe to the second position en Fair. The foot is drawn up to the retire position front or back before extending the leg to the second position en Fair.




Developpe passe [dayv-law-PAY pa-SAY]. Developpe, passing. The working foot passes the supporting knee from front to back and extends in developpe (developpe passe en arriere), or the working foot passes the supporting knee from back to front and extends in developpe (developpe passe en avant). This developpe may be executed with a releve, a pique or a temps leve.


Directions of movements. See Cote, de; Descendant, en; Diagonale, en; Manege, en; Reculant, en; Salle, autour de la; and so on. Directions or body alignment. The direction in which the dancer stands in relation to the audience is very important. If all the steps and poses were taken en face, the dance would be very monotonous. The diagrammatic floor plan (p. 125) shows the feet in the fifth position facing the various directions, using the R foot and starting a step forward, backward or to the side, the top of the page being the audience. For instance, a chasse when taken with the R foot toward the right front corner of the room (corner 1; diagram, p. 138) is a chasse efface en avant but if the chasse is taken toward the left front corner of the room (corner 2) with the R foot it becomes a chasse croise en avant.

Directions or positions of the body. See Positions of the body, basic, Cecchetti method; Positions of the body, basic, Russian and French Schools.


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