Rivoltade

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Rivoltade:

Reh-vol-tawd

What does Rivoltade translate to?

To turn over

Rivoltade is a classical ballet term meaning “to turn over.”  The definition of this ballet term matches pretty well with the overall look of the step.  A male dancer performing a rivoltade will battement one leg in the air and then jumps over it with the other leg. A rivoltade may be executed from many different preparations and ended in various positions.

Male dancers will perform a rivoltade somewhat commonly in classical ballet variations or codas, but it is considered an uncommon for ballet step for ballerinas.


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