What are the names of ballet dance moves which involve leaps and turns?


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In ballet terminology, a leap is called a grand jet�� and a turn is called a pirouette. These are the most common names for turns and leaps, but others include entrechat, carbiole, assembl��, cha��n��s and piqu��.

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In ballet, leaps fall under the classification of allegro. They are meant to be done lightly and smoothly. When a grand jet�� is performed, the legs are thrown apart as the dancer leaps into the air. For the most effective results, many leaps are preceded by movements like glissades or coup��s. These help the dancer to achieve the highest elevation.

The most common ballet turn is the pirouette. A pirouette is a complete rotation of the body and can be performed in a variety of different positions. When a dancer spins towards the supporting leg, the pirouette is en dedans (inward), and when the dancer spins away from the supporting leg, the pirouette is en dehors (outward).

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