French Terms
Direct translation in “quotes”
A la seconde
“to second” position (to the side)
A têrre
“on the ground”
Assemblé
a jump from one foot to two feet where the feet “assemble” in the air
Balancé
the waltzing step (3/4 time)
Battement
a “beating movement” (back and forth movement)
Bras bas
“arms low” (also “en bas”)
Chaînés
a series of turns, linked together like a “chain”
Changé
a step that “changes” feet
Changement
a sauté that “changes” feet in the air
Chassé
a “sliding” step
Cou-de-pied
at the “neck of the foot”
Coupé
“cut,” a movement that changes feet
Croisé
a direction facing the corner where one leg appears to be “crossed” in front of the other leg
Dégagé
“disengage,” or separate from – a tendu that disengages from the floor
Demi detourné
a “half turn”
Demi
“half”
Derrière
“behind,” at the back
Devant
in “front”
Developpé
unfold, or “develop” the leg into an open position
Echappé
a sauté or relevé during which the feet separate (“escape”) to an open position (2nd or 4th position)
Effacé
a direction of the body facing the corner that appears to give the body “shading”
En Cloche
“like a bell,” a swinging grand battement
En dedans
“inward”
En dehors
“outward”
En diagonale
“diagonally,” traveling from corner to corner
En face
“facing the front”
En L'air
“in the air”
Enchaînement
a “chain of steps” linked together
Entrechat
a sauté where the feet “interweave” in the air
Epaulé
“with shoulder,”  a position exaggerating the position of the shoulders
Fermé
“close”
Fondu
a bend on one leg that appears to “melt” into the ground
Fouètté
a “whip” movement
Frappé
a “striking” or “knocking” action of the foot
Glissade
a “gliding” step
Grande
“big”
Jeté
a movement where the foot or leg is “thrown” out, a leap
Ouvert
“open”
Pas de bourée
a “running” step
Pas de Chat
“step of the cat”
Passé
a position through which the foot “passes” by the knee of the standing leg
Petite
“small”
Piqué
“prick,”  to tap the floor lightly with your toe, or to rise to the tip of your toe
Pirouette
a whirl or “spin” (turn)
Plié
a “bend” of the legs
Port de bras
carriage of the arms, all arm movements
Relevé
“rise” to the balls of the feet (demi-pointe) or onto the toes (pointe)
Rèverence
curtsey or bow
Rond de jambe
“circle with the leg”
Sauté
“jump”
Sissone
a jump from two feet onto one foot 
Temps levé
a hop on one foot
Tendu
“stretch,” or point the foot
Tour
“turn”
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