top of page

Emboit Ballet




 Emboite en descendant [ ahn-bwah-TAY ahn day-sahn-DAHN ]. A term of the French School. Emboites en descendant are a series of emboites done moving downstage toward the audience. SbeEmboite sur les pointes.  Emboite en reculant [ ahn-bwah-TAY ahn ruh-kew-LAHN] . A term of the French School for a series of emboites done moving upstage away from the audience. See Deboite.  Emboite en tournant [ ahn-bwah-TAY ahn toor-NAHN] . Emboite, turning. These are quick jumping turns done either in a straight line or in a circle. The jumps are not high but should have a light elastic quality. Emboite en tournant is done the same as simple emboite but a complete turn is done with each two emboites. Fifth position R foot front. Demi-plie and spring into the air toward the right, bringing the L leg forward in a bent position, crossing the foot close to the supporting ankle and turning so that the landing is made in demi-plie on the R foot with the back to the audience. Spring off the R foot, still traveling to the right and completing the turn so that the landing is made en face with a demi-plie on the L foot, R foot forward in a bent position crossing close to the L ankle.  Emboite en tournant en dedans (Cecchetti method) [ ahn-bwah- TAY ahn toor-NAHN ahn duh-DAHN ] . See Emboite en tournant.  Emboite en tournant en dehors (Cecchetti method) [ ahn-bwah- TAY ahn toor-NAHN ahn duh-AWR ]. Emboite, turning outward. Fifth position R foot front. Demi-plie and spring upward into the air with the R foot sur le cou-de-pied devant or retire devant, making a complete turn to the right (en dehors). The landing is made on the L foot in demi-plie, then the R foot is closed in demi-plie in the fifth position front.  Emboite en tournant sur les pointes [ ahn-bwah-TAY ahn toor- NAHN sewr lay pwent]. Emboite, turning on the points. These turns are done traveling in a diagonal or in a circle. Fifth position croise R foot front. Demi-lie and degage the R foot to the second position at 45 degrees; pique on the R foot, turning one half-turn en dedans with the L foot sur le cou-de-pied devant; step on the L point in fifth position, turning one half-turn en dehors with the R foot sur le cou-de-pied devant. To continue the series of turns, step on the R point to the second position.  Emboite sur les pointes [ ahn-bwah-TAY sewr lay pwent]. Emboite on the points. In the French School emboite is done only on the points or demi- pointes. It is done with a movement forward on the points or demi-pointes moving from fifth to fifth. The back foot swishes out to the side in a small seconde en l’air with the toe pointed, then is brought in and closed in the fifth position front. Both knees are kept taut. The movement is then repeated with the other foot. The movement is also done moving backward, closing the front foot to the back on each step. It is then termed “deboite.”
Jacklyn Dougherty

Check out our ballet glossary and our YouTube channel.

Emboite en descendant [ ahn-bwah-TAY ahn day-sahn-DAHN ]. A term of the French School. Emboites en descendant are a series of emboites done moving downstage toward the audience. SbeEmboite sur les pointes.


Emboite en reculant [ ahn-bwah-TAY ahn ruh-kew-LAHN] . A term of the French School for a series of emboites done moving upstage away from the audience. See Deboite.


Emboite en tournant [ ahn-bwah-TAY ahn toor-NAHN] . Emboite, turning. These are quick jumping turns done either in a straight line or in a circle. The jumps are not high but should have a light elastic quality. Emboite en tournant is done the same as simple emboite but a complete turn is done with each two emboites. Fifth position R foot front. Demi-plie and spring into the air toward the right, bringing the L leg forward in a bent position, crossing the foot close to the supporting ankle and turning so that the landing is made in demi-plie on the R foot with the back to the audience. Spring off the R foot, still traveling to the right and completing the turn so that the landing is made en face with a demi-plie on the L foot, R foot forward in a bent position crossing close to the L ankle.


Emboite en tournant en dedans (Cecchetti method) [ ahn-bwah- TAY ahn toor-NAHN ahn duh-DAHN ] . See Emboite en tournant.


Emboite en tournant en dehors (Cecchetti method) [ ahn-bwah- TAY ahn toor-NAHN ahn duh-AWR ]. Emboite, turning outward. Fifth position R foot front. Demi-plie and spring upward into the air with the R foot sur le cou-de-pied devant or retire devant, making a complete turn to the right (en dehors). The landing is made on the L foot in demi-plie, then the R foot is closed in demi-plie in the fifth position front.


Emboite en tournant sur les pointes [ ahn-bwah-TAY ahn toor- NAHN sewr lay pwent]. Emboite, turning on the points. These turns are done traveling in a diagonal or in a circle. Fifth position croise R foot front. Demi-lie and degage the R foot to the second position at 45 degrees; pique on the R foot, turning one half-turn en dedans with the L foot sur le cou-de-pied devant; step on the L point in fifth position, turning one half-turn en dehors with the R foot sur le cou-de-pied devant. To continue the series of turns, step on the R point to the second position.


Emboite sur les pointes [ ahn-bwah-TAY sewr lay pwent]. Emboite on the points. In the French School emboite is done only on the points or demi- pointes. It is done with a movement forward on the points or demi-pointes moving from fifth to fifth. The back foot swishes out to the side in a small seconde en l’air with the toe pointed, then is brought in and closed in the fifth position front. Both knees are kept taut. The movement is then repeated with the other foot. The movement is also done moving backward, closing the front foot to the back on each step. It is then termed “deboite.”


Violin and Piano School Florida.  Zoom, Online and In Person Orlando Florida
Be the first to know!

Thanks for subscribing!

bottom of page