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Retire vs Raccourci vs Passe

Ballet Retire Terminology Retire [ ruh-tee-RAY ]. Withdrawn. Ballet Dancer does a position in which the thigh is raised to the second position en l air with the knee bent so that the pointed toe is in front of, behind or to the side of the supporting knee. For the ballet glossary with videos check out our dance page.

Ballet Term Raccourci Raccourci [ ra-koor-SEE ]. Shortened. Dancers do a ballet position in which the thigh is raised to the second position en l'air, with the knee bent and is pointed at the knee of the supporting leg.


Passe [pa-SAY]. Passed. This is an auxiliary movement in which the foot of the working leg passes the knee of the supporting leg from one position.


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