One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A jump in which each foot in turn is raised to the opposite knee.
- ‘Large hairy males, concentrating intensely, went about en pointe, making all the right moves, pliés and lifts, an elegant pas de chat.’
- ‘An interesting point here: within the added phrase there is a little hop in which the ‘supporting’ foot jumps over the raised foot, and which, on paper, bears a striking resemblance to a pas de chat.’
- ‘I can't help wondering if it may have started life as a pas de chat.’
- ‘I don't recall having particular problems with this pas de chat, so I never did anything special for it.’
- ‘‘In the first entrance, she's got to sparkle and to transmit that in her pas de chat - very fast legs, so the audience is almost caught unawares,’ he says.’
French, literally ‘step of a cat’.
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