FRENCH TERMS AND THEORY - GENERAL

  

                                                                                      

DEVANT in front

DERRIERE behind

DE COTE to the side

EN AVANT forwards

EN ARRIERE backwards

EN FACE facing the front

CROISE crossed

OUVERT open

ADAGE slow, sustained movement

ALLEGRO lively, jumping movement

BRAS arms

DEMI half

DESSOUS (UNDER) front to back

DESSUS (OVER) back to front

PETIT small

GRAND big

A TERRE on the ground

EN L'AIR in the air

FRENCH TERMS AND THEORY - Grade 1

  

                                                                                      

PLIE a bend of two knees

BATTMENTS TENDUS to point or to stretch

EN CROIX in the shape of a cross

GRANDS BATTMENTS big and beaten

RETIRE to withdraw or draw up

PORTS DE BRAS carriage of the arms

CHASSEE to slide

DEGAGE to disengage

POSE to step

SAUTE to jump

PETITS JETES little springs

TEMPSLEVE to hop

CHANGEMENT jump changing feet

 

Recognise, clap and know the time signatures of:

POLKA 2/4

WALTZ 3/4

MARCH 4/4

FRENCH TERMS AND THEORY - Grade II

(ALL TERMS FROM GRADE I MUST ALSO BE KNOWN)

  

                                                                                      

RONDS DE JAMBE round of the leg

A TERRE on the ground

EN DEHORS outwards

EN DEDANS inwards

ASSEMBLE to assemble

SOUTENU to sustain

RELEVE to pull up or snatch

CROISE crossed

OUVERT open

EN FACE facing the front

EN L'AIR in the air

DEMI-DETOURNE half a turn

JETE to throw

GLISSADE to glide

PAS DE CHAT step of a cat

ECHAPPE to escape

 

RECOGNISE AND CLAP:

SEMIBREVES (4 beats) MINIMS (2 beats)

CROTCHETS (1 beat) QUAVERS (½ beat)

FRENCH TERMS AND THEORY - Grade III


(ALL TERMS FROM PREVIOUS GRADES MUST ALSO BE KNOWN)

  

                                                                                      

FRAPPE to strike

DEVELOPPE to unfold

COUPE to cut

SISSONNE a jump from 2 feet to 1 foot

(described as a scissor jump)

PAS DE BOURREE a travelling step

ORDINAIRE ordinary

FRENCH TERMS AND THEORY - Grade IV


(ALL TERMS FROM PREVIOUS GRADES MUST ALSO BE KNOWN)

  

                                                                 

BATTEMENTS to beat

SUR LE COU DE PIED on/around the ankle

BATTEMENTS FONDUS to melt

EPAULEMENT with the use of the shoulders

TEMPS LIE to link

BALLONE to bounce

CHANGEE to change (feet)

CONTRETEMPS against the time

BATTU beaten

FERME closed

FRENCH TERMS AND THEORY - Grade V


(ALL TERMS FROM PREVIOUS GRADES MUST ALSO BE KNOWN)

  

                                                          

FOUETTE to whip

A DEUX BRAS with 2 arms

PASSE to pass

EN DIAGONALE on the diagonal

EN TOURNANT turning

GRAND big

ENTRECHAT to weave

QUATRE four

FRENCH TERMS AND THEORY - Grade VI


(ALL TERMS FROM PREVIOUS GRADES MUST ALSO BE KNOWN)

  

                                                                                    

 EN CLOCHE like a bell

EN ROND round

RACCOURCI shortened

TROIS three

ENTRECHAT to weave

PIQUE picked up

COURUS running

 

FRENCH TERMS AND THEORY - INTERMEDIATE


(ALL TERMS FROM PREVIOUS GRADES MUST ALSO BE KNOWN)

  

                                                                                                            

 

TOMBER to fall

A DOS with the use of the back

ECARTE separated / thrown open

EMBOITE to dovetail

BRISE to break

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