A dancer's spin, especially when he's balanced on one foot, is a pirouette.

A pirouette is a ballet term meaning to whirl or spin while balanced on the toes. In the case of a ballerina, she would pirouette while "en pointe," poised on the very toe of her shoe with the other leg bent. You can also use the word to describe a more casual spin, like an exuberant little boy who pirouettes through the halls of his school. In Old French, the root word pirouet meant "spinning top."

Definitions of pirouette

n (ballet) a rapid spin of the body (especially on the toes as in ballet)

Type of:
spin, twirl, twist, twisting, whirl
the act of rotating rapidly

v do a pirouette, usually as part of a dance

Type of:
pivot, swivel
turn on a pivot

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