Dehors, en

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Dehors, en:

ahn day-OR

What does Dehors, en translate to?

outward

En dehors is a classical ballet term meaning “outward.”  En dehors is added to other steps and terms to describe which way a step should be moving.

For example, a pirouette en dehors would mean that the dancer would turn “outward” away from the supporting leg.

Another way to think of en dehors is “from the front to the back.”  A rond de jambe en dehors would have the dancer start to the front and move their outwards to the side and then to the back in a circular motion.


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