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Position in which the dancer stands on one leg with the other lifted in front or behind with the knee bent. Russian dancers generally hold the raised foot higher than the knee, so allowing the leg to be lifted higher. Other styles raise the knee higher than the foot. The position was originally inspired by Giovanni da Bologna's statue of Mercury and was codified by Blasis. It may be held as a balance or performed jumping or turning.

Subjects: Dance.

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