Battement

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Battement:

bat-MAHN

What does Battement translate to?

beating

Battement is a classical ballet term which means “beating.” When a dancing 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 battementsGrand battements and Petite battements.


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