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Positions & Directions

These are the French School basic positions and directions.



Traveling step series: glissades. Glissade means "glide". It is a traveling step executed from the 5th position by gliding one foot in a chosen direction and closing the other foot back into 5th....


Pas de Bourrée

Traveling step series: pas-de-bourrées and pas-de-bourrées retiré.


Petits Sauts

Petit Allegro series: This series include sauté, changement and échappé.
Small jumps are executed from a plié position, to an extension of the legs straight up in the air with pointed feet, l...


Pirouette En-Dehors

Turn series. A pirouette en-dehors is a complete turn on one foot on relevé towards the leg lifted up.


Tombé Pas de Bourrée

This progression incorporates a basic move in most ballet work.


Rise Up

Fluid and defined, this piece should move as easily as the time signature.


Sissone Ouverte

This progression is used to jump into the air while keeping your lines in the air.