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DancePedia - Glossary of Ballet Terms

Classical Ballet - a traditional style of ballet which stresses the academic technique developed through the centuries of the existence of ballet.

Modern Ballet - a type of ballet from the twentieth century. To this day, modern ballet looks to re-invent itself and reach out in an ever-increasing facet of creation and movement.

Ballerina - a female dancer in a ballet company.

Danseur - a male dancer in a ballet company.

Choreographer - a person who composes or invents ballets or dances.

Ballet master or Ballet mistress - a person in a ballet company whose job is to give the daily company class and to rehearse the ballets in the company repertoire.

Choreography - describes the steps, combinations and patterns of a ballet or dance.

Balletomane ( bal lay toe mane ) - A ballet fan or enthusiast.

Pointe shoes - The satin ballet shoes used by dancers when dancing on their pointes (toes). Pointe shoes are reinforced with a box constructed of numerous layers of strong glue in between layers of material. Pointe shoes are not made of cement or wood.

Tutu - the short classical ballet skirt made of many layers of net. A romantic tutu is a long net skirt reaching below the calf.

Pas de deux - a dance for two.

Adagio ( u da zhe-o ) - is a succession of slow, soft, lyrical and continuous movements. Adagio creates the illusion that the positions flow from one into another.

Allegro ( a leg grow ) - allegro in ballet involves fast and dynamic movements, usually jumping steps and sequences.

Barre - a horizontal bar (usually made of wood) along a studio wall for class exercises. Every ballet class begins with barre exercises.

Centre practice - a group of exercises similar to those at the barre but performed in the center of the room. These exercises are done without the support of the barre and are normally performed with alternate feet

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