Battement, Grand

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Battement, Grand:

grahn bat-MAHN

What does Battement, Grand translate to?

large beating

Grand Battement is a classical ballet term which means “large battement.”  A dancer performs a grand battement by throwing the working leg into the air from the hip and brings it back down to a position, typically fifth position.  While doing a grand battement a dancer keeps both legs straight while the rest of the body remains relatively still.

A grand battement is very important for grande allegro, allowing a dancer to jump higher when performed correctly.

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