Kjirsten Frank is the first to admit that returning to the ballet barre — after years without a releve or plie — took her a bit out of her comfort zone.
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Arabesque: In ballet it is a position of the body, in profile, supported on one leg, which can be straight or demi-plie, with the other leg extended behind and at right angles to it, and the arms held in various positions creating the longest possible line from the fingertips to the toes. The shoulders must be held square to the line of direction.
Barre: The horizontal wooden bar fastened to the walls of the ballet classroom or rehearsal hall, which the dancer holds for support. Every ballet class begins with exercises at the bar.
Echappe: Escaping or slipping movement. An echappe is a level opening of both feet from a closed to an open position.
Jete: Throwing step. A jump from one foot to the other in which the working leg is brushed into the air and appears to have been thrown.
Plie: A bending of the knee or knees. This is an exercise to render the joints and muscles soft and pliable and the tendons flexible and elastic, and to develop a sense of balance. There are two principal plies: grand plie or full bending of the knees (the knees should be bent until the thighs are horizontal) and demi-plie or half-bending of the knees.
Rond de jambe: Round of the leg, that is, a circular movement of the leg.
Turn-out: The ability of the dancer to turn his or her feet and legs out from the hip joints to a 90-degree position. This turn-out, or en-dehors, is one of the essential principles of the classical dance, giving the dancer freedom of movement in every direction.
Source: the American Ballet Theatre