Just now typing the word “entrechat”, I was suddenly really looking at the word for the first time and seeing that it ends in “chat” and wondering in a feeble non-French-speaking way if it has anything to do with cats?
Some extremely simple googling led to the definition, “leap, spring” and the synonym, “pirouette, cabriole”.
Um, I don’t think so, free online translator bot.


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Had my first ballet class Ever at the advanced age of thirty-two. Yikes.
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10 Responses to Entrechat

  1. guyenne says:

    A much better definition, but still makes you wonder what they were thinking when it went from Italian to French.

    Definition of ENTRECHAT
    : a leap in which a ballet dancer repeatedly crosses the legs and sometimes beats them together
    Origin of ENTRECHAT
    French, modification of Italian (capriola) intrecciata, literally, intertwined caper
    First Known Use: 1775

  2. The Zebra Ballerina says:

    Literally, it is “Between Cat”. Except that it’s not at all, because of how it is an, er, Francophonation (is that a word? if not, it needs to be) of the Italian.

    You know you need to Create The Art about entrechats with someone dancing between kitties. And you know who has The Perfect Kitties to be featured in such a thing…

    • Between Cat!
      That is exactly the sort of thing I was hoping for!!!

      • The Zebra Ballerina says:

        Every time I hear it I get the image of [people] jumping between cats. With variations on the depiction of that phrase. Even though I know it’s not that at all. *sigh*

        Also, here’s one I think you’ll really appreciate: I almost had to pick a French classmate up off the floor on one occasion because she misheard “arabesque epaulé” as “arabesque poulet” & it broke her somewhat. I realised what’d happened when I caught the look on her face so was able to avert the embarrassment that would’ve ensued if she asked what the hell a Chicken Arabesque was when it was at home.

        Oh ballet!French, how it brings the Lulz…

    • Wait- so an entrechat royale would be between the royal cats? Hahahaha!

  3. Stephanie Barnhart says:

    An arabesque poulet sounds about right for what I do. ;)

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