- a jump in which the dancer crosses the feet a number of times while in the air.
Origin of entrechat
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Examples from the Web for entrechat
She was past-mistress of the entrechat and other mysteries of the ballet academy.Interpreters
Carl Van Vechten
But the curtain rose on the ballet, and the first entrechat electrified them.
- a leap in ballet during which the dancer repeatedly crosses his feet or beats them together
C18: from French, from earlier entrechase, changed by folk etymology from Italian (capriola) intrecciata, literally: entwined (caper), from intrecciare to interlace, from in- ² + treccia tress