Brisé Volé

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Brisé Volé:

bree-ZAY vaw-LAY

What does Brisé Volé translate to?

flying brisé

Brisé Volé is a classical ballet term that means “flying brise.”  Basically, a brisé volé is when a dancer alternates between brisé front and back in succession.  Each time the dancer jumps and lands, it is on one leg.

Brisé Volé on Stage

Brisé Volé is commonly seen on stage by males, particularly Bournonville ballets. They are also famously featured in the coda of The Blue Bird Pas de Deux from The Sleeping Beauty, Act 3, where the male travels the entire length of the stage in successive brisé volés for sixteen counts.


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