One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1(in dancing) the ability to appear effortlessly suspended while performing movements during a jump.
- ‘He is credited with introducing greater use of ballon (as per his Bournonville training), precision batterie, and a variety of virtuoso pirouettes.’
- ‘It's all huge ballon, and the beautiful muscularity that entails.’
- ‘I had great ballon and strength and long line, because in gymnastics it's all about form and perfection - reaching and stretching as far as you can.’
- ‘His solos had elan and ballon, though not particularly dazzling, but his acting was entirely credible.’
- ‘Wallenberg's jumping and leaping demonstrated ballon and enthusiasm in the execution of the role.’
2variant spelling of balloon (sense 4 of the noun)
French, from Italian ballone, from balla ‘ball’.
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