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hey i was wondering if anyone knew the term that's used for the second jump on the supporting leg after doing a jete is called. like you do the jete and while your non supporting leg is still up and the supporting leg does another small hop. i need this for when i try and teach my class a combination that i have to teach them.thanks!

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im not entirely sure what your talking about but i think you may be refering to a grand jete on-turnah(i dont know how to spell it) but in slang terms i knows a toure jete.

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no. not a toure jete. when you do the jete you are in place. but you take an extra hop on the supporting leg.

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The whole thing is a compound movement called jeté-temps levé. It's not enough to be a combination, but more than just a simple step.

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okay. i hope that's it. the combination that i'm doing is a jete (term i don't know), jete (term i don't know) jete pas de bourre, jete pas de bourre glissade assemble.

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i noticed that actually after i did that. but i need 2 eight counts so, I'm at a loss at what to do.

also i need a 4 eight counts for somthing at center.

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That combination IS center. It's a petit allegro. Cut one jeté-pas de bourrée from your present combination, then do: degagé pas de bourrée dessus/dessous/dessus/dessous, glissade assemblé dessus, glissade assemblé dessus. That way, it starts to the other side automatically.

 

Now see what you can come up with for the 32-count combination. I suggest an adage (they eat up a lot of counts), or perhaps something grand allegro-ish.

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You got a problem.  There are ten counts in there.  You only need eight.

 

Is that always like that? Is a count a bar of music or what?

 

Never really thought about it before..

 

 

Oh, and my teacher just says jeté hop for what you seem to be describing.

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It depends. A lot is decided by the time signature and tempo. A grand jeté en avant might very easily take in two counts. Usually, in these petit allegro exercises, most steps take one count. A "count" is usually the downbeat of the measure of music. In the case of 4/4 time, it can be the first and third count. Most ballet combinations are phrased in eights.

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It is confusing because most teachers tend to count differently from musicians :) Seriously, we do, or at least many do. For instance, while we count the downbeat and perhaps the next strongest beat in the measure (ie, in a 6/8 we might count 1 and a 2 and a, or, in a 4/4 we might count 2 beats in one measure, where a musician would count only 1 in the first measure of a 6/8 and 1 in the first measure of a 4). While some of us know the measures and understand that musically, it is also sometimes easier for the dancers to hear it in different counts, depending on the choreography. Adagios are generally easier to count in full measures of music than petit allegro.

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