Retire: Withdrawn; a position in which the thigh is raised to the second position en l’air with the knee bent, so the pointed toe rests in front of, behind, or to the side of the supporting knee.
The difference between passe and retire is that passe is the actual movement in which the leg passes the supporting leg’s knee from one position to another, and retire is the position itself.
Retire de cote is the position where the pointed foot is placed on the side of the supporting knee. Retire derriere is when the dancer’s pointed foot is placed behind the supporting knee. Lastly, retire devant is the position where the pointed foot is placed in front of the supporting knee.
The position of retire is extremely common in all areas of ballet. Retire is used in turning, jumping, and partnering. It is used by both males and females and is a staple in all ballet techniques.
- Movement Explanations:
- Start in First position.
- Lift your toe and put it directly against your inner knee.
- Your toe should rest lightly against the knee.
- Wrap your toe around your ankle.
- Slowly raise your foot to your knee.
- Movement Techniques:
- Fully relaxed hips, do not lift the hips.