Demi [ duh-MEE ]. Half.
Demi-arabesque [ duh-MEE-a-ra-BESK ]. Half-arabesque. A term of the French School for an arabesque in which the free leg is raised at half- height. See Arabesque a la demi-hauteur.
Demi-attitude [ duh-MEE-a-tee-TEWD ]. See Attitude, demi-.
Demi-bras [ duh-mee-BRAH ]. Half-arms. A halfway position of the arms. See Bras, demi-.
Demi-caractere [duh-MEE-ka-rak-TEHR] . Semi-character. A demi- caractere dance is one having the form of character dancing but executed with steps based on the technique of classical ballet. A demi-caractere dancer is one suited to character or mime roles, not a strictly classical dancer.
Demi-contretemps [ duh-MEE-kawn-truh-TAHN ]. Half- counterbeating. See Contretemps, demi-.
Demi-detourne [duh-MEE-day-toor-NAY]. Half- detourne. SeeDetourne, demi-.
Demi-hauteur [ duh-MEE-oh-TUHR ]. Half-height. A term of the French School for a position of the extended leg raised to a point midway between a position of the foot a terre and its equivalent en Fair. In other words, about knee height. See Demi-position.
Demi-pointes, sur les [sewr lay duh-mee-PWENT]. On the half-points. Indicates that the dancer is to stand high on the balls of the feet and under part of the toes. Also used in the singular, “sur la demi-pointe.”
Demi-position [duh-MEE-paw-zee-SYAWJST]. Half-position. A term of the Cecchetti method for a position of the foot at a point midway between a position of the foot a terre and its equivalent en Fair. See Demi-hauteur.
Demi-seconde position [duh-MEE-suh-GAWND paw-zee-SYAWN]. Half-second position. A term of the Cecchetti method to indicate a position of the arms midway between the first and second positions. The hands are turned inward so that the thumbnails face the audience. This position is used in steps such as glissade devant, temps de cuisse and so on. In these steps the arms open from the fifth position en bas to the demi-seconde position and close again in the fifth position en bas. The demi-seconde position is also used in certain of the eight directions of the body, in which case the palm of the hand always faces front. As, for example, in croise devant.