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Pirouette Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    pirouette n : (ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet) v : do a pirouette, usually as part of a dance
Pirouette Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Pirouette \Pir`ou*ette"\, n. [F.; of uncertain origin.]
  1. A whirling or turning on the toes in dancing.
  2. (Man.) The whirling about of a horse.
Pirouette Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Pirouette \Pir`ou*ette"\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. Pirouetted; p. pr. & vb. n. Pirouetting.] [F. pirouetter.] To perform a pirouette; to whirl, like a dancer.
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Pirouette'

Ballet is a formalized type of dance; ballet dance is usually performed on stage as part of a ballet dance work which includes mime, acting, and is set to music. Dancers can perform either en pointe or demi-pointe; in ballet class, the dancers work either at the barre or in centre floor.

A significant part of ballet terminology is in the French language, because ballet became formalized in France.

To the side or in the second position. À la seconde usually means a step that moves sideways or a movement done to the side such as grand battement à la seconde. A technically challenging type of turn is pirouette à la seconde, where the dancer spins with the working leg in second position à la hauteur. This turn is usually performed by male dancers, and because of the advanced skills required to perform it correctly, it is seen as the male counterpart of fouettés en tournant.

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