Definition of pas de chat in English:

pas de chat

noun

Ballet
  • A jump in which each foot in turn is raised to the opposite knee.

    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Large hairy males, concentrating intensely, went about en pointe, making all the right moves, pliés and lifts, an elegant pas de chat.’
    • ‘I don't recall having particular problems with this pas de chat, so I never did anything special for it.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

French, literally step of a cat.

Pronunciation:

pas de chat

/ˌpä də ˈSHä/