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  • noun Plural form of battement.


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  • "There's a story where they were doing grand battements high leg kicks and I was holding onto the crib, raising my leg, too," he said.

    Extra! Young Triple-Threats Storm Broadway

  • Dressed in something fabulously gauzy, a young ballerina demonstrated plies and tendues, frappes and grands battements, rond de jambes and fondues.

    Patrizia Chen: Wishing For Limber Limbs

  • I'm thanking Paul, the accompanist in my early classes at the Joffrey Ballet school, who inspired my legs to kick higher, as I performed grands battements to his uninhibited rendition of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue.

    Lucia Brawley: A Twa Lala -- Play a Song: My Keynote Address at the Music Educators Symposium at the Yale School of Music

  • We can only hope that if he does his grands battements in the Oval Office, he doesn't accidentally kick over the red phone and start a war.

    John R. MacArthur: Rahm Emanuel's Political Pirouettes

  • And now, although I still have much to learn (particularly about how to get the ornamentations - trills, battements, flattements, grace notes - to sound right), I'm really flying.

    The Naffest Musical Instrument

  • Je pose ma main sur mon ventre pour sentir mes battements.

    pinku-tk Diary Entry

  • "On peut dire que la _Chanson de Roland_ (ainsi que toutes nos plus anciennes chansons de geste) se développe non pas, comme les poèmes homériques, par un courant large et ininterrompu, non pas, comme le _Nibelungenlied_, par des battements d'ailes égaux et lents, mais par un suite d'explosions successives, toujours arrêtées court et toujours reprenant avec soudaineté" ( au moyen âge_, p. 59).

    Epic and Romance Essays on Medieval Literature

  • There were no dull edges: her legs, in grand battements, sliced the air like blades.

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  • I saw that fine figure coming forward with measured steps, and when the dancer had arrived in front of the stage, he raised slowly his rounded arms, stretched them gracefully backward and forward, moved his feet with precision and lightness, took a few small steps, made some battements and pirouettes, and disappeared like a butterfly.

    The memoirs of Jacques Casanova de Seingalt

  • So that the irritative ideas of the apparent motions of objects, the irritative battements of sounds, and the movements of our bowels and glands compose a great circle of irritative tribes of motion: and when one considerable part of this circle of motions becomes interrupted, the whole proceeds in confusion, as described in Section XVII.

    Zoonomia, Vol. I Or, the Laws of Organic Life


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