Jeté: a classical ballet term meaning “throwing” or “thrown.”
Though often used with another term, jeté usually describes a type of jump where the dancer extends one leg then jumps off the floor with the other. Many jumps are forms of jetés.
A jeté, in its most simple presentation, usually refers to a petit jeté as part of petite allegro. But a grand jeté, which means “large throw,” is another common use that describes a jump that starts with throwing or brushing one leg into the air then pushing off the floor.
Grand Jete: Large jeté.
In this step, the legs are thrown to 90 degrees with a corresponding high jump. It is done forward to attitude croisée or effacée and all the arabesques. It may also be done backward with the leg raised either croisé or effacé devant. Grand jeté is always preceded by a preliminary movement such as a glissade, pas couru, or coupé.
- Movement Explanations:
- Start in Fifth position.
- Take 2 or 3 steps forward at a fast glide.
- Jump in the air while splitting your legs.
- Movement Techniques:
- Keep both legs as far away from each other as possible in the air.
- Legs fully extended.
- Feet pointed.