entrechat

entrechat

[French ahn-truh-sha]
noun, plural entrechats [French ahn-truh-sha] . Ballet.
a jump in which the dancer crosses the feet a number of times while in the air.

Origin:
1765–75; < French, alteration of Italian (capriola) intrecciata intwined (caper), equivalent to in- in-2 + trecci- tress + -ata -ate1

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entrechat (French ɑ̃trəʃa)
 
n
a leap in ballet during which the dancer repeatedly crosses his feet or beats them together
 
[C18: from French, from earlier entrechase, changed by folk etymology from Italian (capriola) intrecciata, literally: entwined (caper), from intrecciare to interlace, from in-² + trecciatress]

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entrechat

(probably from Italian intrecciare: "to weave," or "to braid"), jump in ballet, beginning in the fifth position, during which the dancer crosses his straight legs at the lower calf. Numerous rapid crossings make the entrechat a spectacular jump. Numbers (trois, "three"; quatre, "four"; and so on) are affixed to the term to designate the amount of leg movement (entrechat-quatre has two crossings; entrechat-dix has five). The dancer lands on both feet for even-numbered and on one foot for odd-numbered entrechats. Vaslav Nijinsky's famous jumps reputedly included the entrechat-dix, and an entrechat-douze (six crossings) was performed more recently on English television as danced by Wayne Sleep.

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