JENNIFER D. YACKEL
Emboîté in the nude means fitted together, boxed, or encased. En tournant means turning. In emboîte you jump from one foot to the other, without the brush of a jeté, generally ending with the "working leg" in sur le cou-de-pied devant. It takes two emboîtes to complete a full revolution in emboîte en tournant. Aside from it being a nice little step to watch, I think it is a good exercise to really work on keeping the shoulders and hips square with each other while turning consecutively. This becomes especially important when executing movements like fouetté turnes. The jump can be done barely leaving the ground, where the focus is more on the melting the landing position. It can also be done with more hight trying to get a lift at the top and both feet pointed underneath which is really great for strengthening.
Term of the week
For people who are complete beginners to ballet, it can all be a little overwhelming. You are asking your body to do things that are completely foreign and you're asking your brain to work in a completely different way. On top of that your instructor is spitting out terms you have never heard before. Even for people who have been dancing a long time and hear the terminology every day from your teacher, you may never learn what all the different terms mean. Most ballet terms are derived from the French language. I am going to post a ballet term each week with it's meaning and a little bit about it. I am no ballet god so I am hoping that if any of my ballet nerd friends have anything to add, or disagree with anything I say, that they chime in and leave a comment. To be honest, with teaching ballet twice a week and only taking it about once a week I feel the vocab slowly slipping away from me. Not only is the purpose of this to educate others, it is meant to help me to keep up with what I feel is important to know. I am using Gail Grant's Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet as a source for the direct translations and or definitions.