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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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(p.20) 1.6 Terminology
Balanchine the Teacher

Barbara Walczak

Una Kai

University Press of Florida

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

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