Definition of chaîné in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈʃɛneɪ/

noun (plural chaînés pronounced same)

A sequence of fast turns from one foot to the other, executed in a straight line.
Example sentences
  • Her solo performance to the assembled guests in the variation towards the end of the Act is a magical blend of strength, vivacity and grace, culminating in a characteristically powerful medley of piqué and chaîné turns.
  • Instead of performing the usual "finger turn" on one leg, she executed a chain turn on two legs.
  • The chaine turn is also a progressive turn that effects a full rotation for every two steps taken.


French, literally 'linked'.

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