Ouvert

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Ouvert:

oo-vair

What does Ouvert translate to?

open forward

Ouvert is a classical ballet term meaning “open forward.”  It is another way to describe a step is done effacé and is the opposite of a step done croisé.

For example, a step with the right leg forward will travel toward the right corner of the room.  An easy way to remember what the ballet term Ouvert means in ballet class is to think that your legs aren’t crossed when in ouvert.. they are open… “o”pen like “o”uvert!


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