Manèges

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Manèges:

ma-nehj

What does Manèges translate to?

circular

Manèges is a classical ballet term meaning “circular.”  It describes when a dancer does steps in a circular pattern around the stage.

Usually, manèges will be a reptetition of one or two steps, but can also be a combination of several.  For example, a coupé jeté manèges is typically done by a male dancer in a coda of a classical pas de deux.  Ballerinas will often do piqué manèges in a variation or also in a coda.

Audiences tend to like manèges because they see a dancer perform a series of steps several times in a row which has increased difficulty.

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