Grande

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Grande:

grahnd

What does Grande translate to?

Big, large

Grande is a classical ballet term meaning “big” or “large.”  It is always used to describe another step.  For example, grande allegro translates to “big jumps.”  Or, grande jete means “big throw.”

It is important to know that you don’t simply add “grande” to any word to mean you make it bigger and expect a similar step to be done.  For instance, a petit jeté is done quite differently than a grande jete.

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