Coupé

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Coupé:

koo-PAY

What does Coupé translate to?

cut or cutting

Coupé is a classical ballet term meaning “cut” or “cutting.”  A coupé describes a step where one foot cuts the other foot away, taking its place.  Its usually done as an in-between step for a larger step, such as a coupé jeté or a coupé-chassé en tournant (the typical preparation for many big jumps for males).

If a coupé is not done as part of a preparation step, it is usually done in succession, though even this isn’t very common outside of class.


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