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