Chapter

Port de Bras

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/9780813032528.003.0023
Port de Bras

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All parts of the body should participate in arm movements, whether accompanying steps or while standing still. The wrists and elbows should relax with the movement of the arms, and the torso, head, and eyes should incline with or counter to the arms so as to complement each particular type of movement. Change of direction in port de bras should be deliberate and perceptible with the rhythm of the music. The whole should be phrased and fluid, never abrupt or so smooth as to be bland. This chapter describes basic positions, head and eyes, and hands and fingers.

Keywords: ballet; dance; dancing; arm movements; basic positions

Chapter.  1456 words. 

Subjects: Dance

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