I would like to know what is the common word of "turn" in French. Turn as in the sense of gymnastic or dance.

I want to say tourne but the dictionaries couldn't really confirm if that is the correct translation.

Alternatives are virage and rotation but both feels slightly weird.

  • Voir peut-êrte un axel en patinage artistique .. Feb 15, 2018 at 11:33
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    @MrSmithGoesToWashington je ne suis pas un expert mais je pense que de nombreuses figures de patinage et pas seulement l’axel impliquent un ou plusieurs tours sur soi-même.
    – Laurent S.
    Feb 16, 2018 at 13:48
  • Please provide further context, a sequence/sentence involving this, a diagram, links to dictionary entries. Thanks!
    – user3177
    Feb 16, 2018 at 19:40

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You should better explain what kind of "turn" your are thinking of, but here are some suggestions about various ways to do turns:

  • un tour (e.g.: faire un tour sur soi-même)

  • une pirouette

  • une cabriole

  • une rotation

  • un pivot

  • un soleil

  • un saut périlleux

  • un salto

  • une galipette ;-)

  • i am looking specifically for a translation in the context of dancing or gymnastics: Feb 15, 2018 at 0:04
  • Yes, you already wrote that in your question but there are many different ways to do a turn in both of these activities. If you look for a generic term that encompasses most of them, just use faire un tour/une rotation )
    – jlliagre
    Feb 15, 2018 at 3:26
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    If you describe more what the dancer/gymnast does when performing a turn, we could give a more precise translation.
    – Larme
    Feb 15, 2018 at 8:03

another word could be vrille, this is when you turn around the vertical axis


another word could be "une volte"

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