Pronunciation: (dem"ē plē-ā'; Fr. du-mē plē-ā'), [key]
—pl. -pli•ésPronunciation: (-plē-āz'; Fr. -plē-ā'). [key] Ballet.
a movement done in any of the five positions, in which the dancer bends the knees halfway, keeping the heels securely on the ground.
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