Wednesday, May 19, 2010
"It was only later in the middle of leading her ballet class through a grand battement jette, that Tommie realized she'd never asked Roland what had brought him to Houston in the first place."
jeté ["thrown"]. A jump from one foot to the other foot, throwing the working leg out. See petit jete and grand
grand battement ["big beat"]. A "kick" in which the working leg is raised as high as possible while keeping the rest of the body still. "Kick" is in quotes because the battement should be a controlled lift, not a throwing of the leg into the air, and the leg must be controlled while coming down. The kicks one associates with a chorus line are grands battements. There's a terrific grand battement in W. C. Fields's short, "The Fatal Glass of Beer"--not (unfortunately) executed by Fields himself. Wondrous Words
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