Piqué

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Piqué:

pee-kay

What does Piqué translate to?

pricking

Piqué is a classical ballet term meaning “pricking” and is a descriptive word to be used with other ballet terms.  For example, a piqué turn would describe a “pricking turn.”  It is meant to describe how a dancer transfers weight onto a leg on full pointe or high demi-pointe which is also known as piqué sur la pointe.

The ballet term piqué is used with many common steps, such as:

  • piqué arabesque
  • piqué balloné
  • piqué en avant/en arriere
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