Jeté, grand

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Jeté, grand:

grahnd juh-tay

What does Jeté, grand translate to?

big throw

Grand jeté is a classical ballet term meaning “big throw.”  It describes a big jump where the dancer throws one leg into the air, pushes off the floor with the other, jumping into the air and landing again on the first leg.

A grand jeté is considered a basic grand allegro step that is often taught to beginners and intermediate students to allow them to start getting a feel for big jumps.  It looks similar to another popular grande allegro step, a grande jeté pas de chat (or saut de chat), with the difference being that a grand jeté starts with a straight thrown leg instead of the dancer developpeing the leg.

 


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