from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A ballet jump in which the feet are lifted, one after the other, to the level of the opposite knee.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sideways jump with both feet brought as high as possible, knees apart, while in the air.
French : pas, step + de, of + chat, cat.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French, literally "cat's step". (Wiktionary)