[grahn bat-MAHN] Large battement. An exercise in which the
working leg is raised from the hip into the air and brought
down again, the accent being on the downward movement, both
knees straight. This must be done with apparent ease, the
rest of the body remaining quiet. The function of grands
battements is to loosen the hip joints and turn out the legs
from the hips. Grands battements can be taken devant,
derrière and à la seconde.