One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A movement in which one leg is raised to the knee of the supporting leg, then unfolded and kept in a fully extended position.
- ‘There are few dancers who can actually perform that développé with the liquid quality that the music indicates.’
- ‘A développé is done by drawing the toe of the gesture leg (which bends at the knee and hip) up the front, side, or back of the supporting leg, until it reaches knee height.’
French, past participle of développer ‘stretch out, develop’.
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