Plié- To bend.
Demi Plié- Half bend. Heels don't leave the floor.
Grand Plié- Full bend of the knees until the thighs are parallel with the floor.
Why is it important?
- It is often the beginning and ending of most leaps and turns.
-It gives power in jumps and pirouettes.
- It helps reduce the risk of injury.
Tendu- To stretch. Keeping the foot on the floor, the dancer stretches the leg and foot out from one position to another.
Dégagé- meaning to “disengage.” The dancer moves their leg off the floor from a position with a pointed foot and straight leg to the front, side or back.
Chainé- (Chain or linking) A series of turns on both feet.