n. pl. e·paule·ments (-mäN′)
The rotation of the shoulders and head in ballet.
[French, from épauler, to turn one shoulder towards the spectator so that the other is out of view, from épaule, shoulder, from Old French espalle, espalde, from Vulgar Latin *spatula, shoulder blade, from Latin, flat piece of wood, batten; see spatula.]
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(Ballet) ballet a pose in which a dancer stands at an angle to the audience
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