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 Fouette [fiveh-TAY ]. Whipped. A term applied to a whipping movement. The movement may be a short whipped movement of the raised foot as it passes rapidly in front of or behind the supporting foot (see Flic-flac) or the sharp whipping around of the body from one direction to another. There is a great variety of fouettes: petit fouette, which may be devant, a la seconde or derriere and executed a terre, sur la demi-pointe or saute; and grand fouette, which may be saute, releve and en tournant.  Fouette, demi- [ duh-MEE-fweh-TAY ]. Half-fouette. This is a fouette en l’air in which the dancer makes a quarter-turn. The dancer, facing the audience, raises either leg to the second position en l’air, then with a sharp movement turns into an arabeque in profile to the audience while rotating the raised leg in the hip socket. The step may be done saute or with a releve on the supporting leg. See Fouette en face, grand (Cecchetti method).  Fouette, petit [puh-TEE fiveh-TAY]. Little fouette. Stand with the R foot opened to the second position so that the pointed toe is a few inches off the ground. With a sharp movement sweep the pointed toe of the R foot along the ground so that the foot crosses the ankle a little beyond sur le cou-de-pied, either devant or derriere.  Fouette a terre [fiveh-TAY a tehr]. Fouette on the ground. A term of the Cecchetti method for a petit fouette.  Fouette a terre en dedans (Ceccehetti method) [fiveh-TAY a tehr ahn duh-DAHN ]. Fouette on the ground inward. From the second position in the air, the foot is swept across the floor and brought to sur le cou-de-pied devant, then quickly passed to sur le cou-de-pied derriere. The movement is similar to a petit battement sur le cou-de-pied. See Flic-flac (en dedans).  Fouette a terre en dehors (Ceccehetti method) [fiveh-TAY a tehr ahn duh-AWR]. Fouette on the ground outward. From the second position in the air, the foot is swept across the floor and brought to sur le cou-de-pied derriere then quickly passed to sur le cou-de-pied devant. See Flic-flac (en dehors).  Fouette a terre en tournant (Cecchetti method) [fiveh-TAY a tehr ahn toor-NAHN]. Fouette on the ground, turning. En dedans: Execute a fouette a terre en dedans with the R foot and at the same time execute a pirouette en dedans on the L foot. At the end of the pirouette, lower the L heel. See Flic-flac en tournant (en dedans). En dehors: Execute a fouette a terre en dehors with the R foot and at the same time execute a pirouette en dehors on the L foot. At the finish of the turn, lower the L heel to the ground. See Flic-flac en tournant (en dehors).  Fouette battu [fiveh-TAY ba-TEW]. Fouette beaten. This is a petit fouette executed with a beat. Stand on the R foot with the L foot sur le cou-de- pied devant. Spring off the R foot, opening the L foot to the second position so that the toe is a few inches off the ground. Beat the R behind the L and land on the R foot in demi-plie with the L foot sur le cou-de-pied derriere. See Ballonne battu.  Fouette efface, grand (Russian School) [ grahnfweh-TAY eh-fa- SAY\. Large fouette shaded. In this fouette the dancer makes a half-turn from the pose efface devant en l’air to the pose efface derriere en l’air (or vice versa). It may be performed with a releve or a jump on the supporting leg.  En dehors: Fourth position croise L foot pointed back. On the upbeat, demi-plie on the R leg with the L foot sur le cou-de-pied derriere. Step on the L demi-pointe with the R foot sur le cou-de-pied devant and turn to face corner 2; fondu on the L leg with the R leg half-bent in efface devant; at the same time bend the body to the right with the R arm in the second position and the L arm in the first position; straighten the body and releve on the L leg, carrying the stretched R leg in grand rond de jambe en dehors at 90 degrees, turning the body to efface derriere; simultaneously the L arm rises to the third position and opens to the second position as the R arm is raised to the third position. Lower the L heel in demi-plie in the pose attitude effacee derriere.  En dedans: The movement is reversed. The R leg is half-bent in efface derriere at 45 degrees with the body bent back; perform a grand rond de jambe en dedans and finish with the R leg stretched at 90 degrees in the pose efface devant.  Fouette en face, grand [ grahn fweh-TAY ahn fahss ]. Large fouette facing the audience.  Executed with a jump.  En dehors: Fourth position croise L foot pointed back and the arms in the fifth position en bas. On the upbeat, demi-plie on the R leg, raising the L foot sur le cou-de-pied derriere; step on the L demi-pointe and raise the R foot sur le cou-de-pied devant. Demi-plie on the L foot and developpe the R leg a la quatrieme devant en face, raising the arms to the fourth position en avant (L arm crossed in front of the body); releve on the L foot and in one sweeping movement execute a grand rond de jambe en dehors, ending in the fourth Cecchetti arabesque facing the audience. At the same time, move the L arm in a semicircle so that it rises above the head and opens to the second position; as the L arm is lowered, the R arm is raised above the head, then lowered and extended forward.  En dedans: Fourth position croise L foot pointed forward and the arms in the fifth position en bas. On the upbeat, demi-plie on the R leg, raising the L foot sur le cou-de-pied devant; step on the L demi-pointe and raise the R foot sur le cou-de-pied derriere. Demi-plie on the L foot and developpe the R leg a la quatrieme derriere en face, raising the arms to the fourth position en avant (L arm across the body); releve on the L foot and in one sweeping movement execute a grand rond de jambe en dedans and lower the L heel in demi-plie with the R leg extended to the fourth position front en Fair. At the same time,  raise the L arm above the head and open it to the second position, and raise the R arm from the second position to above the head. The head is turned toward the R arm.  Fouette en tournant, grand [ grahnfweh-TAY ahn toor-NAHEf]. Large fouette, turning. This fouette may be done on demi- pointe, on point or with a jump. It is usually done en dedans and may be finished in attitude croisee, attitude effacee or any of the arabesques. En dedans: Fourth position croise L foot pointed forward with the arms in the preparatory position. On the upbeat, step on the L foot in demi-plie; releve on the L foot, throwing the R leg to the second position at 90 degrees, turning the body en face and opening the arms to the second position; demi-plie on the L leg, turning en dedans to face corner 6, sweeping the R leg down through the first position and forward at 90 degrees (as the leg sweeps forward, the arms lower to the first position and rise with a strong movement to the third position on the battement); simultaneously, releve on the L demi-pointe, bending the body back, then quickly turn to face corner 2 and demi-plie in the third arabesque. En dehors: Fourth position croise L foot pointed back. On the upbeat, step on the L foot in demi-plie; releve on the L foot and execute a grand battement to the second position at 90 degrees, opening the arms to the second position. Demi-plie on the L foot, sweeping the R leg through the first position to third arabesque and releve in third arabesque (the arms rise to third arabesque through the preparatory position). Turn en dehors on demi-pointe to the pose croise devant at 90 degrees. Lower the L heel in demi-plie.  Fouette en tournant a la seconde, grand (Russian School) [grahn fweh-TAY a lah suh-GAWND]. Large fouette, turning in the second position. This fouette is done on point or demi-pointe. It is a variety of the popular fouette rond de jambe en tournant.  En dehors: Fifth position R foot front. Demi-plie on the L leg with the R foot retire devant; releve on the L foot and throw the R leg to the second position at 90 degrees; demi-plie on the L foot and releve, turning en dehors while bending the R knee and passing the R foot behind, then in front of, the L knee. Demi-plie on the L foot and continue the series of turns, taking two counts for each fouette. The arms open to the second position with the leg, then are brought into first position on the turn.  En dedans: The working leg is thrown to the second position at 90 degrees, then the knee bends and the foot is passed in front of, then behind, the supporting knee while turning en dedans.  Fouette en tournant en dedans, grand (Cecchetti method) [ grahn fweh-TAY ahn toor-NAHN ahn duh-DAHN]. Large fouette, turning inward. Stand on the L foot in the first arabesque facing side 6. Demi-plie and sweep the R leg to the fourth position front en Fair toward side 6, lowering the arms to the fifth position en has, and raise them to the fifth position en avant; rise on the L demi-pointe and turn to the left until the body faces side 8. Leave the R arm and the R leg pointing to side 8 and sharply turn the body to the left to face side 6, raising the L arm to the fourth position en haut. When the body faces side 6, extend the L arm forward and lower the L heel in demi-plie in the first arabesque. This fouette may also be done with a jump. Fouette en tournant en diagonale, grand (Russian School) [ grahn fweh-TAY ahn toor-NAHN ahn dya-gaw-NAL]. Large fouette, turning and traveling in a diagonal. This fouette is taken traveling in a diagonal from corner 2 to corner 6 or from corner 8 to corner 4. Stand on the R leg in arabesque effacee a terre at corner 2 with the arms in either the first or second arabesque. On the upbeat, demi-plie on the R leg, opening the arms to the second position and do a chasse en avant toward corner 6, bringing the legs together in the fifth position with a sliding jump close to the floor; step on the L foot in demi-plie toward corner 6 and jump, throwing the R leg forward at 90 degrees; simultaneously the body faces corner 6 and the arms are raised from a low first position to the third position, while the body turns en dedans in the air to face corner 2 and lands in demi-plie on the L leg in the fourth arabesque. The step is then repeated toward corner 6, throwing the L leg forward and turning en dedans to land in demi-plie in the first arabesque facing corner 2.  Fouette raccourci [fweh-TAY ra-koor-SEE ]. Fouette shortened. This movement is similar to a petit fouette. From the second position en Fair, the working foot is cut sharply behind the supporting leg by bending the knee of the working leg without lowering the thigh.  Fouette rond de jambe en tournant [fweh-TAY rawn duh zhahnb ahn toor-NAHN ]. Whipped circle of the leg turning. This is the popular turn in which the dancer executes a series of turns on the supporting leg while being propelled by a whipping movement of the working leg. The whipping leg should be at hip level, with the foot closing in to the knee of the supporting leg. Fouettes are usually done in a series. They may be executed en dehors or en dedans. En dehors (Russian School): Fourth position R foot back. Execute a pirouette en dehors on the L leg. Fondu on the L leg, at the same time opening the R leg to the second position en Fair. Releve on the L point or demi-pointe, executing a tour en dehors and whipping the R foot in back of, then quickly in front of, the L knee. Fondu on the L leg, opening the R leg to the second position en Fair.  En dehors (Cecchetti method): Fourth position R foot back. Execute a pirouette en dehors on the L leg. Fondu on the L leg, at the same time extending the R leg to quatrieme position devant en Fair (croise devant). Releve on the L point or demi-pointe, sweeping the R leg to the second position en l’air, and execute a tour en dehors, bringing the R foot to side and front of L knee. Fondu on the L foot, extending the R leg forward again. Three- quarters of the turn should be made with the R foot in position on the supporting knee. This fouette may also be executed from a preparation starting with a pas de bourree en dedans and finishing with a coupe dessous, opening the working leg to quatrieme devant croise.   Fouette rond de jambe en tournant en dehors (supported) [fweh-TAY rawn duh zhahnb ahn toor-NAHN ahn duh-AWR], Whipped circle of the leg turning outward (supported). This is a fouette in which the girl, supported by the boy, holds one hand above her head, grasping the boy’s index finger. After a sous-sus the girl does a developpe croise devant and executes one, two or more fouettes ronds de jambe en tournant, stopping herself by quickly grasping the boy’s free hand with her free hand. See Finger turns.  Fouette saute, grand [grahn fweh-TAY soh-TAY ]. Large fouette, jumping. This fouette is performed with a temps leve on the supporting foot instead of a releve. There are numerous kinds of grands fouettes sautes. The step is preceded by a glissade, sissonne simple, failli, etc. See Fouette efface, grand (Russian School) andFouette en tournant, grand (Russian School). Fouette saute en face, grand (Russian School) [grahn fweh-TAY soh-TAY ahnfahss ]. Large fouette, jumping, facing front. Fourth position croise L foot pointed forward with the arms in a low first position. Step on the L foot in demi-plie and push off the floor, throwing the R leg to the second position at 90 degrees; simultaneously raise the arms to the third position. With a sharp movement turn into the first arabesque in profile and land on the L leg in demi-plie. To repeat the movement with the other leg, do a small temps leve on the L foot and step croise en avant on the R leg, lowering the arms; then immediately push off from the floor in the second grand fouette.
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Fouette [fiveh-TAY ]. Whipped. A term applied to a whipping movement. The movement may be a short whipped movement of the raised foot as it passes rapidly in front of or behind the supporting foot (see Flic-flac) or the sharp whipping around of the body from one direction to another. There is a great variety of fouettes: petit fouette, which may be devant, a la seconde or derriere and executed a terre, sur la demi-pointe or saute; and grand fouette, which may be saute, releve and en tournant.


Fouette, demi- [ duh-MEE-fweh-TAY ]. Half-fouette. This is a fouette en l’air in which the dancer makes a quarter-turn. The dancer, facing the audience, raises either leg to the second position en l’air, then with a sharp movement turns into an arabeque in profile to the audience while rotating the raised leg in the hip socket. The step may be done saute or with a releve on the supporting leg. See Fouette en face, grand (Cecchetti method).


Fouette, petit [puh-TEE fiveh-TAY]. Little fouette. Stand with the R foot opened to the second position so that the pointed toe is a few inches off the ground. With a sharp movement sweep the pointed toe of the R foot along the ground so that the foot crosses the ankle a little beyond sur le cou-de-pied, either devant or derriere.


Fouette a terre [fiveh-TAY a tehr]. Fouette on the ground. A term of the Cecchetti method for a petit fouette.


Fouette a terre en dedans (Ceccehetti method) [fiveh-TAY a tehr ahn duh-DAHN ]. Fouette on the ground inward. From the second position in the air, the foot is swept across the floor and brought to sur le cou-de-pied devant, then quickly passed to sur le cou-de-pied derriere. The movement is similar to a petit battement sur le cou-de-pied. See Flic-flac (en dedans).


Fouette a terre en dehors (Ceccehetti method) [fiveh-TAY a tehr ahn duh-AWR]. Fouette on the ground outward. From the second position in the air, the foot is swept across the floor and brought to sur le cou-de-pied derriere then quickly passed to sur le cou-de-pied devant. See Flic-flac (en dehors).


Fouette a terre en tournant (Cecchetti method) [fiveh-TAY a tehr ahn toor-NAHN]. Fouette on the ground, turning. En dedans: Execute a fouette a terre en dedans with the R foot and at the same time execute a pirouette en dedans on the L foot. At the end of the pirouette, lower the L heel. See Flic-flac en tournant (en dedans). En dehors: Execute a fouette a terre en dehors with the R foot and at the same time execute a pirouette en dehors on the L foot. At the finish of the turn, lower the L heel to the ground. See Flic-flac en tournant (en dehors).


Fouette battu [fiveh-TAY ba-TEW]. Fouette beaten. This is a petit fouette executed with a beat. Stand on the R foot with the L foot sur le cou-de- pied devant. Spring off the R foot, opening the L foot to the second position so that the toe is a few inches off the ground. Beat the R behind the L and land on the R foot in demi-plie with the L foot sur le cou-de-pied derriere. See Ballonne battu.


Fouette efface, grand (Russian School) [ grahnfweh-TAY eh-fa- SAY\. Large fouette shaded. In this fouette the dancer makes a half-turn from the pose efface devant en l’air to the pose efface derriere en l’air (or vice versa). It may be performed with a releve or a jump on the supporting leg.


En dehors: Fourth position croise L foot pointed back. On the upbeat, demi-plie on the R leg with the L foot sur le cou-de-pied derriere. Step on the L demi-pointe with the R foot sur le cou-de-pied devant and turn to face corner 2; fondu on the L leg with the R leg half-bent in efface devant; at the same time bend the body to the right with the R arm in the second position and the L arm in the first position; straighten the body and releve on the L leg, carrying the stretched R leg in grand rond de jambe en dehors at 90 degrees, turning the body to efface derriere; simultaneously the L arm rises to the third position and opens to the second position as the R arm is raised to the third position. Lower the L heel in demi-plie in the pose attitude effacee derriere.


En dedans: The movement is reversed. The R leg is half-bent in efface derriere at 45 degrees with the body bent back; perform a grand rond de jambe en dedans and finish with the R leg stretched at 90 degrees in the pose efface devant.


Fouette en face, grand [ grahn fweh-TAY ahn fahss ]. Large fouette facing the audience. Executed with a jump.


En dehors: Fourth position croise L foot pointed back and the arms in the fifth position en bas. On the upbeat, demi-plie on the R leg, raising the L foot sur le cou-de-pied derriere; step on the L demi-pointe and raise the R foot sur le cou-de-pied devant. Demi-plie on the L foot and developpe the R leg a la quatrieme devant en face, raising the arms to the fourth position en avant (L arm crossed in front of the body); releve on the L foot and in one sweeping movement execute a grand rond de jambe en dehors, ending in the fourth Cecchetti arabesque facing the audience. At the same time, move the L arm in a semicircle so that it rises above the head and opens to the second position; as the L arm is lowered, the R arm is raised above the head, then lowered and extended forward.


En dedans: Fourth position croise L foot pointed forward and the arms in the fifth position en bas. On the upbeat, demi-plie on the R leg, raising the L foot sur le cou-de-pied devant; step on the L demi-pointe and raise the R foot sur le cou-de-pied derriere. Demi-plie on the L foot and developpe the R leg a la quatrieme derriere en face, raising the arms to the fourth position en avant (L arm across the body); releve on the L foot and in one sweeping movement execute a grand rond de jambe en dedans and lower the L heel in demi-plie with the R leg extended to the fourth position front en Fair. At the same time,


raise the L arm above the head and open it to the second position, and raise the R arm from the second position to above the head. The head is turned toward the R arm.


Fouette en tournant, grand [ grahnfweh-TAY ahn toor-NAHEf]. Large fouette, turning. This fouette may be done on demi- pointe, on point or with a jump. It is usually done en dedans and may be finished in attitude croisee, attitude effacee or any of the arabesques.

En dedans: Fourth position croise L foot pointed forward with the arms in the preparatory position. On the upbeat, step on the L foot in demi-plie; releve on the L foot, throwing the R leg to the second position at 90 degrees, turning the body en face and opening the arms to the second position; demi-plie on the L leg, turning en dedans to face corner 6, sweeping the R leg down through the first position and forward at 90 degrees (as the leg sweeps forward, the arms lower to the first position and rise with a strong movement to the third position on the battement); simultaneously, releve on the L demi-pointe, bending the body back, then quickly turn to face corner 2 and demi-plie in the third arabesque.

En dehors: Fourth position croise L foot pointed back. On the upbeat, step on the L foot in demi-plie; releve on the L foot and execute a grand battement to the second position at 90 degrees, opening the arms to the second position. Demi-plie on the L foot, sweeping the R leg through the first position to third arabesque and releve in third arabesque (the arms rise to third arabesque through the preparatory position). Turn en dehors on demi-pointe to the pose croise devant at 90 degrees. Lower the L heel in demi-plie.


Fouette en tournant a la seconde, grand (Russian School) [grahn fweh-TAY a lah suh-GAWND]. Large fouette, turning in the second position. This fouette is done on point or demi-pointe. It is a variety of the popular fouette rond de jambe en tournant.


En dehors: Fifth position R foot front. Demi-plie on the L leg with the R foot retire devant; releve on the L foot and throw the R leg to the second position at 90 degrees; demi-plie on the L foot and releve, turning en dehors while bending the R knee and passing the R foot behind, then in front of, the L knee. Demi-plie on the L foot and continue the series of turns, taking two counts for each fouette. The arms open to the second position with the leg, then are brought into first position on the turn.


En dedans: The working leg is thrown to the second position at 90 degrees, then the knee bends and the foot is passed in front of, then behind, the supporting knee while turning en dedans.


Fouette en tournant en dedans, grand (Cecchetti method) [ grahn fweh-TAY ahn toor-NAHN ahn duh-DAHN]. Large fouette, turning inward. Stand on the L foot in the first arabesque facing side 6. Demi-plie and sweep the R leg to the fourth position front en Fair toward side 6, lowering the arms to the fifth position en has, and raise them to the fifth position en avant; rise on the L demi-pointe and turn to the left until the body faces side 8. Leave the R arm and the R leg pointing to side 8 and sharply turn the body to the left to face side 6, raising the L arm to the fourth position en haut. When the body faces side 6, extend the L arm forward and lower the L heel in demi-plie in the first arabesque. This fouette may also be done with a jump.

Fouette en tournant en diagonale, grand (Russian School) [ grahn fweh-TAY ahn toor-NAHN ahn dya-gaw-NAL]. Large fouette, turning and traveling in a diagonal. This fouette is taken traveling in a diagonal from corner 2 to corner 6 or from corner 8 to corner 4. Stand on the R leg in arabesque effacee a terre at corner 2 with the arms in either the first or second arabesque. On the upbeat, demi-plie on the R leg, opening the arms to the second position and do a chasse en avant toward corner 6, bringing the legs together in the fifth position with a sliding jump close to the floor; step on the L foot in demi-plie toward corner 6 and jump, throwing the R leg forward at 90 degrees; simultaneously the body faces corner 6 and the arms are raised from a low first position to the third position, while the body turns en dedans in the air to face corner 2 and lands in demi-plie on the L leg in the fourth arabesque. The step is then repeated toward corner 6, throwing the L leg forward and turning en dedans to land in demi-plie in the first arabesque facing corner 2.


Fouette raccourci [fweh-TAY ra-koor-SEE ]. Fouette shortened. This movement is similar to a petit fouette. From the second position en Fair, the working foot is cut sharply behind the supporting leg by bending the knee of the working leg without lowering the thigh.


Fouette rond de jambe en tournant [fweh-TAY rawn duh zhahnb ahn toor-NAHN ]. Whipped circle of the leg turning. This is the popular turn in which the dancer executes a series of turns on the supporting leg while being propelled by a whipping movement of the working leg. The whipping leg should be at hip level, with the foot closing in to the knee of the supporting leg. Fouettes are usually done in a series. They may be executed en dehors or en dedans.

En dehors (Russian School): Fourth position R foot back. Execute a pirouette en dehors on the L leg. Fondu on the L leg, at the same time opening the R leg to the second position en Fair. Releve on the L point or demi-pointe, executing a tour en dehors and whipping the R foot in back of, then quickly in front of, the L knee. Fondu on the L leg, opening the R leg to the second position en Fair.


En dehors (Cecchetti method): Fourth position R foot back. Execute a pirouette en dehors on the L leg. Fondu on the L leg, at the same time extending the R leg to quatrieme position devant en Fair (croise devant). Releve on the L point or demi-pointe, sweeping the R leg to the second position en l’air, and execute a tour en dehors, bringing the R foot to side and front of L knee. Fondu on the L foot, extending the R leg forward again. Three- quarters of the turn should be made with the R foot in position on the supporting knee. This fouette may also be executed from a preparation starting with a pas de bourree en dedans and finishing with a coupe dessous, opening the working leg to quatrieme devant croise.



Fouette rond de jambe en tournant en dehors (supported) [fweh-TAY rawn duh zhahnb ahn toor-NAHN ahn duh-AWR], Whipped circle of the leg turning outward (supported). This is a fouette in which the girl, supported by the boy, holds one hand above her head, grasping the boy’s index finger. After a sous-sus the girl does a developpe croise devant and executes one, two or more fouettes ronds de jambe en tournant, stopping herself by quickly grasping the boy’s free hand with her free hand. See Finger turns.


Fouette saute, grand [grahn fweh-TAY soh-TAY ]. Large fouette, jumping. This fouette is performed with a temps leve on the supporting foot instead of a releve. There are numerous kinds of grands fouettes sautes. The step is preceded by a glissade, sissonne simple, failli, etc. See Fouette efface, grand (Russian School) andFouette en tournant, grand (Russian School).

Fouette saute en face, grand (Russian School) [grahn fweh-TAY soh-TAY ahnfahss ]. Large fouette, jumping, facing front. Fourth position croise L foot pointed forward with the arms in a low first position. Step on the L foot in demi-plie and push off the floor, throwing the R leg to the second position at 90 degrees; simultaneously raise the arms to the third position. With a sharp movement turn into the first arabesque in profile and land on the L leg in demi-plie. To repeat the movement with the other leg, do a small temps leve on the L foot and step croise en avant on the R leg, lowering the arms; then immediately push off from the floor in the second grand fouette.


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