Question: What is a fouette?
I have heard about Swan Lake's famous series of 32 fouettes. What exactly is a fouette?
Answer: A fouette, or fouette rond de jambe en tournant, is a complicated turn in ballet that requires a strong whipping motion of the leg. Literally, the word fouette means "whipped." A series of fouettes appears as multiple turns on one leg, with the other leg propelling the body around and around with a whipping motion. Fouettes can be performed in place or traveling. Many ballet companies consider the capability of completing 32 fouettes a prerequisite for prospective students.