Jeté

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Jeté:

juh-tay

What does Jeté translate to?

throwing or thrown

Jeté is a classical ballet term meaning “throwing” or “thrown.”  Though often used with another term, jeté usually describes a type of jump where the dancer extends one leg then jumps off the floor with the other.  Many jumps are forms of jetés.

A jeté in its most simple presentation usually refers to a petit jeté as part of petite allegro.  But a grande jeté, which means “large throw,” is another common use that describes a jump that starts with throwing or brushing one leg into the air then pushing off the floor.


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