Demi

Ballet Term Definition

Demi is a classical ballet term meaning “half.”  It is the direct translation of the french word and should always be a part of another term.

For example, demi-plie, means “half bend at the knees.”  Demi is used less commonly for other terms like demi-arabesque, meaning “half arabesque,” or demi-tour, meaning “half-turn.”

 

 

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