Brisé

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Brisé:

bree-ZAY

What does Brisé translate to?

broken

Brisé is a classical ballet term meaning “broken” or “breaking.”  A brisé is when a dancer takes off from one or two feet, jumps and beat their legs and ends on one or two feet.  Brisé is either done from fifth or fourth position and can travel forwards or backwards.

Basically, a brisé looks like an assemble, but with a “break” between the upper and lower body. This is what the french translation of “broken” is describing.

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