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Lightness in movement that allows a dancer to appear to remain suspended during a jump.

[French, balloon; see balloon.]
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1. (Dancing) dancing a quality of gracefulness, poise and buoyancy as found in good dancers
2. a small bale or bundle
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the physical lightness and strength that increases a dancer's elevation.
[1820–30; < French: literally, balloon]
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