noun, plural pliés [plee-eyz; French plee-ey] . Ballet.
a movement in which the knees are bent while the back is held straight.

1890–95; < French, noun use of past participle of plier to bend; see ply2 Unabridged
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plié (ˈpliːeɪ)
a classic ballet practice posture with back erect and knees bent
[French: bent, from plier to bend]

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Word Origin & History

in ballet, 1892, from Fr. plié, lit. "to bend," from O.Fr. plier (see ply (n.)).
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(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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Basic ballet positions and steps such as pointe, fl ex and plie will be taught.
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