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ABC of ballet: batterie and battement

Watch Romany Pajdak demonstrate petit battements.

By Royal Opera House

10 March 2011 at 1.30pm | Comment on this article

Batterie and battement

Batterie/Battement: Movements in which the legs and feet ‘beat’ together quickly, usually as part of a jump. They may be performed as part of a jetés, entrechats trois, quatre, cinq, changements, grand jeté, etc. The difference between grande batterie and petite batterie [ lit. 'big' and 'small' batterie] depends upon the amount of elevation the dancer needs to jump to perform the 'beating'.

i) Petits battements / battements tendus: extensions of the leg in which the working foot does not leave the ground, used to practise stretching the foot to a fully pointed position. See video above.

ii) Grands battements: high extensions of the whole leg, which is raised into the air and brought down again while keeping the rest of the body still.

Grand battements: watch Romany Pajdak, Royal Ballet First Artist, demonstrate grand battements.

ABC of ballet: One of a series of posts explaining useful ballet terms.

By Royal Opera House

10 March 2011 at 1.30pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged abc of ballet, ballet terms, battement, glossary, romany pajdak, The Royal Ballet

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