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[Fr., caper]

A jump in which the dancer's legs cross rapidly in front and behind each other while still in the air. They range from an entrechat deux, where the legs are crossed once, to an entrechat dix. Even-numbered entrechats are finished by landing on both feet, odd-numbered with the dancer landing on one foot. Camargo is said to be the first to perform an entrechat quatre on stage and shortened her skirt in order to do so.

Subjects: Dance.


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