Assemblé

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Assemblé:

a-sahn-BLAY

What does Assemblé translate to?

Assembled, joined together

An assemblé in classical ballet has many different variations, but the basics are always the same: two legs joining together in the air.

In a basic form, an assemblé is when one foot slides along the floor before brushing into the air.  As the foot goes into the air, the dancer then jumps by pushing into and off the floor with the supporting leg and foot.  The supporting leg now meets with the other leg in the air and “assembles” into a fifth position.  The dancer then lands on the floor with a plié in fifth position.

Assemblé in Ballet Class

Since assemblé is a jump, it is seen during petit allegro and grandé allegro combinations during a classical ballet class.  Since there are many forms of assemblé, such as a double assemblé, assemblé battu, among many others, a dancer can execute a variety of assemblé that may look quite different but still have the basic “assembling” in the air.

Assemblé in Female and Male Variations

A female variation which has lots of petite allegro may feature assemblés, though it is most likely seen in male variations.  Many male variations have double assemblés or assemblé devant.


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