Jeté, petit

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Jeté, petit:

puh-tee juh-tay

What does Jeté, petit translate to?

small throw

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

As you may have guessed, a petit jeté is commonly seen in ballet class in petite allegro combinations.  It is also very commonly seen on the stage in performances in many classical ballets, especially in dances featuring the corps de ballet, female variations, and Bournonville ballets (such as Flower Festival in Genzano).

 

Share