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Dance Terminology


Battement is a classical ballet term which means “beating.” When a dancer is doing battement, they are essentially closing their legs in together then opening again or the other way around, staring from a closed position to an open, back to a closed. The “closing” is whats referred to as the battement or “beating.”
There are two types of battements. Grand battements and Petite battements.

When performing a battement , make sure that your supporting leg is straigt. You also want to brush your "kicking" foot through a full tandu before lifting it to degage then to full battement. This goes for either petite or grand battements.