Chapter

Terminology

Barbara Walczak and Una Kai

in Balanchine the Teacher

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780813032528
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813046310 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5744/florida/9780813032528.003.0007
Terminology

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Balanchine did not use terminology often; he would simply indicate what he wanted by marking it out for his dancers. There are many schools and systems of teaching, each with its own positions and port de bras, and to avoid confusion, the simplest way to indicate positions are provided in this chapter. Where the author has not been specific about a step such as croisé front, she means it to be done in Balanchine's version. The following are discussed: basic port de bras, barre exercises, plié, port de bras, tendu, frappé, rond de jambe par terre, battement fondue, grand battement, développé, adagios at the barre, rond de jambe en l'air, and petit battement.

Keywords: ballet; dance; terminologies; George Balanchine; port de bras

Chapter.  12195 words. 

Subjects: Dance

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