Développé: This is a ballet and gymnastics dance movement. A développé is done by drawing the toe of the gesture leg (which bends at the knee and hip) up the front, side, or back of the supporting leg, until it … Continue reading
Demi-plié: Literally translated to a small bend. This is a fundamental ballet movement that calls for the knees, to bend in perfect alignment over the toes with the feet flat on the floor and making sure that the heels of … Continue reading
Degree Of Difficulty: A rating that measures the difficulty of the specific moves in a gymnast’s routine. It is factored into the total score after judges have scored the execution of the moves. Each skill has a Level of difficulty … Continue reading
Deduction: Points that each judge deducts for each incorrect execution and/or composition. Points are taken off a gymnast’s score for any errors. Most deductions are pre-determined, such as a 0.5 deduction for a fall from an apparatus or a 0.1 … Continue reading
Dawes: An uneven bar skill named after U.S. gymnast Dominique Dawes. It is a back giant with 1 ½ turn in the handstand. It has been rated by the FIG as a D level skill. Its FIG number is 4.403.
Daggett: A pommel horse skill named after U.S. gymnast Tim Daggett. It consists of a scissor backward with ½ counterturn. It has been rated as a C level skill by the FIG.
Cross: A strength move performed on the still rings, in a straight body or “L” position, with the body perpendicular to the floor and the arms stretched straight out perpendicular to the body. Also called an Iron Cross.
Crash Dive: A trampoline skill where ¾ of a front somersault is performed landing in the back. Also called a suicide, but that term is not too popular with gym owners.
Counter Turn: A counter turn is most often used to describe the turning of the hips in the opposite direction of a double leg circle. When a gymnast has their legs straight in front of them, their hips should be … Continue reading
Coupé: A ballet term whose literal meaning is to cut. It is a ballet dance movement that calls for the non-support foot to be pulled sharply off the floor and placed with a pointed toe either in the back or … Continue reading