Battement Fondu

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Battement Fondu:

bat-MAHN fawn-DEW

What does Battement Fondu translate to?

battement sinking down

Battement Fondu is a classical ballet term meaning “battement sinking down.”  During a battement fondu, a dancer’s supporting leg is slowly bent in fondu with the working foot pointing on the ankle.  As the dancer’s supporting leg straightens, the working leg also extends to a straight position in the air or with the toes on the floor.

An exercise with battement fondu is typically done en croix, or to the front, side and back.


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