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Balanchine the TeacherFundamentals That Shaped the First Generation of New York City Ballet Dancers$
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Barbara Walczak and Una Kai

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813032528

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813032528.001.0001

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Port de Bras

Port de Bras

(p.276) 2.9 Port de Bras
Balanchine the Teacher

Barbara Walczak

Una Kai

University Press of Florida

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

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