Ballet Dance Terminology and Key Concepts


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Most ballet terms come from which language?

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1. What does 'battement' mean?

2. The term 'port de bras' describes a movement of which body part(s)?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Ballet should look effortless; likewise, this quiz/worksheet combo will help you effortlessly recall key concepts and vocabulary in ballet. You'll learn the origin of and meaning behind the terms used for common movements in ballet.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on the definitions of:

  • Battement
  • Port de bras
  • En arriere
  • Pirouette

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as plie and tendu
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding stage directions in ballet and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the origins of common ballet terms

Additional Learning

To learn more about ballet, review the accompanying lesson called Ballet: Vocabulary & Main Concepts. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Identify the origins of ballet vocabulary words
  • Define common terms for ballet movement
  • Understand directional terminology in ballet