Ballet Dictionary

Welcome to CCB’s Video Ballet Dictionary! Here you will be able to explore ballet terminology through both written description and video examples from our dancers. On some terms, you will see a link for “The Finer Points,” where one or more of our teachers discusses some important information specific to that movement. Please note that not all teachers have the same philosophies or teach in the same way, so think of these notes simply as a way to expand your current understanding of the movement.


All written terms come with permission from Gail Grant’s Technical Manual and Dictionary of Classical Ballet.