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Borrowed from French jeté.
jete (plural jetes)
- (ballet) A leap from one foot to the other in which one leg appears to be "thrown" in the direction of the movement.
1990 April 13, Laura Molzahn, "Priestly Perversions", in Chicago Reader?:
- Finally one of the first three breaks through the barrier, but instead of a jete, he takes an incredible headfirst dive and slides along the floor.
1990 August 24, Effie Mihopoulos, "American Jazz Dance World Congress '90", in Chicago Reader?:
- While some of the choreography was too obvious, there were stunning visual images throughout, such as Michelangelo (Paul A. Brown) being lifted in a wide jete on the arms and shoulders of a few dancers while the rest of the crowd reached imploring arms up to him.
1991 March 1, Cerinda Survant, "American Ballet Theatre", in Chicago Reader?:
- The men quickly lower their partners from a supported jete to lying flat on the floor with no apparent landing or transition; they swing them around the floor, spinning the women in splits, then on their knees.
From French jeter ("throw away").
- throw away, discard