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In ballet, battement is an alternating side-to-side movement of the working leg.[1] Battements are typically performed in multiples, quickly and in rapid succession so that the working foot appears to be fluttering or vibrating. They are usually executed in front, to the side or in back The word battement is of French origin, meaning "beat".


Battements are performed or executed in a variety of modes or configurations, for example:

Grand battement with pirouettes


  1. ^ Vaganova, Agrippina; Chujoy, Anatole (1969). Basic Principles of Classical Ballet: Russian Ballet Technique. Dover Publications Inc. p. 26. ISBN 9780486121055.

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