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STAGE POSITIONS

Updated: Feb 19


DE COTÉ - Traveling to the side. For example in an exercise you could tendu to second, plié transfer to pointe tendu on the other leg.


ÉCARTÉ - This term relates to direction of the body. Usually performed to the front two corners but can be to the back depending on the choreography. The same arm as leg that extended the side is up in fourth position with the gaze looking up to the wrist.


UP STAGE - If you are standing on a stage facing en face this refers to the section behind you.


UP STAGE RIGHT - If you are standing on a stage facing en face this refers to the section behind you to your right.


UP STAGE LEFT - If you are standing on a stage facing en face this refers to the section behind you to your left.


DOWN STAGE - If you are standing on a stage facing en face this refers to the section in front of you.


DOWN STAGE RIGHT - If you are standing on a stage facing en face this refers to the section in front of you to your right.


DOWN STAGE LEFT - If you are standing on a stage facing en face this refers to the section in front of you to your left.


EN FACE - Facing the front


DEVANT - To the front e.g. tendu devant where the foot closes to the front.


EN AVANT - Traveling to the front towards the audience e.g. chassé en avant to pointe tendu derrière.


DERRIÈRE - To the back e.g. tendu derrière where the foot closes to the back.


EN ARRIÉRE - Traveling to the back away from the audience e.g. chassé en arriére to pointe tendu devant.


At Balletic we follow the bbodance ballet syllabus which in turn uses the ‘Gail Grant Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet’ for all of it’s terminology. The diagrams may be different to what you are used to based on the school of ballet that you follow.

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