Ballet Vocabulary of the Day: Cabriole Fermé​e

Cabriole Fermé​e: a step that very few people use in class, but pops up in random variations like the first variation in Le Corsaire’s Odalisque Pas de Trois. Cabriole fermée ​is basically, well, a closed cabriole. But what makes a cabriole fermée so impressive? Simple. It is four leg movements in two counts or less, usually. While cabrioles might be reserved for moderato jumps or grand allegro, cabriole fermée is often used in petit allegros, and because of the quick closure to fifth, it makes the inner thigh work even more. 

Check out this step performed inside a variation. Bolshoi’s Ana Turazashvili in Le Corsaire.