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plié

[plee-ey] /pliˈeɪ/
noun, plural pliés
[plee-eyz; French plee-ey] /pliˈeɪz; French pliˈeɪ/ (Show IPA).
Ballet.
1.
a movement in which the knees are bent while the back is held straight.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95; < French, noun use of past participle of plier to bend; see ply2
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  • Basic ballet positions and steps such as pointe, fl ex and plie will be taught.
British Dictionary definitions for plie

plié

/ˈpliːeɪ/
noun
1.
a classic ballet practice posture with back erect and knees bent
Word Origin
French: bent, from plier to bend
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Word Origin and History for plie
n.

in ballet, 1892, from French plié, from plier literally "to bend," from Old French ploier (see ply (n.)).

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Encyclopedia Article for plie

(French: "bent"), knee bend in ballet. It is used in jumps and turns to provide spring, absorb shock, and as an exercise to loosen muscles and to develop balance. Performed in all of the five basic foot positions, plies may be shallow, so that the dancer's heels remain on the floor (demi-plie), or deep, so that in all foot positions except the second the heels rise (grand plie).

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