"In the Balanchine style there are bigger movements, more traveling, a freer approach in how you hold your port de bras
and hands, really a boldness," says Neary.
More importantly, the seeds of classical ballet were planted at Versailles, engendering a lingua franca (pas de bouree, arabesque, port de bras
etc) still in use today.
This, combined with the preparation-for-class information (foot care, dance gear, selecting and fitting shoes, mental preparation) and technique instruction (positions of the arms and feet, barre and center combinations, center barre, port de bras
, adagio and allegro), makes it a valuable text for students.
"It has different port de bras
, different plastique, and you have to get used to that.
A 28-year-old female principle dancer in a professional ballet company comes to our PT room complaining of pain and tingling at right medial ankle, posterior to the malleolus, that radiates into her foot, especially when she performs a port de bras
to the front (Fig.
This fine performer (Odette/Odile) is superb in everything she does; she has strength, beautiful feet and a wonderful port de bras
Ever wonder why some dancers' port de bras
appears to be disconnected from their body?
Up until now, I've only sequenced through movement in that way in the port de bras
and the back.
"If I say 'It was your port de bras
,' don't email back to ask 'Well, was it my elbow?'" says Boggs.
A breezy Millennial-pink T-shirt still lets her see her port de bras
, and colorful socks--she has a whole collection of them--serve to keep a previously injured tendon warmer than ballet slippers do.
So I continue to stretch my knees, breathe into my port de bras
and inject energy into my petit allegro.
But Wald's precise sculpting of the dance, as well as his mature port de bras
, is something he carried with him throughout the repertoire this past season at Pacific Northwest Ballet.