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A jump in ballet during which the dancer crosses the legs a number of times, alternately back and forth.

[French, from earlier entrechas, alteration (influenced by entre, between, and chasse, chase) of Italian (capriola) intrecciata, intricate (caper), feminine past participle of intrecciare, to intertwine : in-, in (from Latin; see in-2) + treccia, tress; see tress.]


(French ɑ̃trəʃa)
(Ballet) 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]


(Fr. ɑ̃ trəˈʃa)

n., pl. -chats (Fr. -ˈʃa)
a ballet jump in which the dancer crosses the feet repeatedly while in the air.
[1765–75; < French, alter. of Italian (capriola) intrecciata intwined (caper)]


A jump in fifth in which the legs are crossed and uncrossed at the lower calf. Entrechats are numbered not by the beats but by the number of positions taken by the legs, even numbers land in fifth, odd on one foot. Nijinsky reportedly reached entrechat dix (ten).
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The humble calling of her female parent Miss Sharp never alluded to, but used to state subsequently that the Entrechats were a noble family of Gascony, and took great pride in her descent from them.
To be or not to be left to the uncertainty of an enchainment, Romeo's love and Juliet's enchantment a matter of entrechats and pirouettes, the fall of Caesar to be suggested by an arabesque?
When we talk about Nijinsky and his legendary technique, it seems less important to know how many entrechats he could perform, or even whether or not today's dancers can do as well or better (and certainly they can); what matters is that his technique seems to have been subsumed within his own distinctive personal interpretation of a role.
Now l`m not saying that the young ladies are wearing pointe shoes, or that the young gentlemen are dazzling us with their entrechats, but there is a strong classic element--call it influence, if you wish--in, for example, the work of Merce Cunningham, Paul Taylor, and the Alvin Ailey company.
He gives flic-flacs and entrechats sixes to his ten-year-olds, and virtuoso movements of all kinds to the adults in his ballets.
In the Flower Festival pas de deux, his dancing seemed to build, the pristine beats followed by the immaculate entrechats, all topped off with a string of leaps: high, precise, and delivered with a confident ease.
The pas de deux mostly follows the original choreography except that Guillem has shortened the series of entrechats in Giselle's variation.
Yamamoto is still too self-absorbed, but his technique is spectacular, and dancing his first Albrecht for SFB, Zachary Hench's ballon and entrechats prove him also to be a comer.
On Stephane Roy's set of constantly shifting black and white panels (think fine lace), the eight dancers make use of a frenzied vocabulary, whether in quicksilver entrechats, whiplash pirouetting, or angst-ridden arm gestures.
In contrast, Choro, a nineteenth-century Brazilian quadrille with, I suspect, a few interpolated ballet steps such as entrechats, was probably reminiscent of Louisiana's Creole society, here represented by the Mazouk, the Creole mazurka.
With each word the advancing guard utters, Charlie salutes and, moving backwards, mimics Spanish entrechats, the bows of a fully gratified horsewoman.
Quand le plus fort a reussi, le narrateur tout embarasse dit pour sa mere: "Je ne pus faire autrement que de le nommer, ce qui declencha aussitot de sa part des courbettes, des entrechats, et il allait commencer toute la ceremonie complete du salut.