Ballet Dictionary: Piqué Attitude Derrière
What: The term “Piqué” means to prick which describes the precision of this movement. The dancer would transfer their weight from one to another by stepping out directly onto pointe (or demi-pointe). This step would often precede another movement where the new working leg would be raised and suspended. Here, the dancer completes the Piqué by lifting her working leg to Attitude Derriere. This step can be taken further by adding a turn (or a few turns) which would make it a Pirouette.
Tip: To sustain this position in a balance, try to get to the position over the supporting leg together, in one movement, rather than “climbing” on to the supporting leg as this would make it more difficult for the body to collect the balance.
Ballet: Don Quixote Act 3, Kitri’s Variation