Definition of port de bras in English:

port de bras

noun

Ballet
  • 1An act or manner of moving and posing the arms.

    ‘one coach told her to change her port de bras’
    • ‘Indeed, the cultured port de bras of Ashton, the dramatic undercurrents of Robbins, and the formal structure of Balanchine are all there.’
    • ‘She glides through Petipa's port de bras or Balanchine's swift beats with a fidelity and clarity rarely seen among the company's exuberant international cast.’
    • ‘The earliest variation is a dizzy variety of port de bras and some swift changes in direction and epaulement.’
    • ‘In the center work, which includes pas de bourées, sou-sous, and port de bras, Miss Lynn encourages precision without frustration or mannerisms.’
    • ‘When Mr. Balanchine gave port de bras forward and back, he wanted us to perfect a beautifully coordinated and integrated movement.’
    • ‘When Stroman demonstrates a step, whether crisp footwork or classical port de bras, her ballet training shines through her baggy, fleece jacket and baseball cap.’
    • ‘Perfect placement, open port de bras, expansive sweeps of the legs, speedy footwork, and rapid direction changes fill the studio.’
    • ‘Something the dancers spin with their arms held unconventionally along the sides of the body or in a ‘V’ pattern and at others, even seconds later, they use traditional port de bras.’
    • ‘Whereas in Ashton, you have the identical last footwork, but doing a lot of port de bras at the same time.’
    • ‘His choreography was a serious interpretation of the music and within the limits imposed by ice and skating boots he introduced a range of classical jumps, turns, batterie, and ports de bras.’
    • ‘Even the basic warm-up engages her completely; she breathes life and energy into her battement and port de bras; each leg extends to its fullest, and her back arches deeply and sensuously.’
    • ‘While in the dressing room, do a grand plié in 2nd and port de bras to the back to see how the fabric moves.’
    • ‘This young, fresh, funky company head bang, convulse and port de bras to the backdrop of a filmic ballet dictionary detailing everything from poetry to athleticism.’
    • ‘Even in corps roles - like the peasants in Swan Lake or the wilis in Giselle - her intensity, stage presence, full ports de bras, and uplift make her stand out.’
    • ‘Participants explored barre work, center practice, port de bras, pirouettes, adagio, allegro and pointe work.’
    • ‘In the opening variations the dancers display the ballon, epaulement, precise footwork, open port de bras, and joie de vivre and generosity of movement that exemplify Bournonville style.’
    • ‘However, steps that require an extreme range of motion like a port de bras, grand battement, or arabesque sometimes can cause back injuries.’
    • ‘It was a hybrid of pointe work and pseudo-oriental port de bras woven into unison formations.’
    • ‘While the participants performed harmoniously, there was something pretentious about their essentially unison patterns and self-conscious port de bras.’
    • ‘From the earliest days of our training, we constantly get criticized - about our feet, our head placement, our port de bras, our shoulders, our turnout, our hair, and endlessly on and on.’
    1. 1.1 An exercise designed to develop graceful movement and disposition of the arms, typically involving a bend accompanied by arm movement.
      ‘he knelt into an effortless port de bras’
      • ‘Most people in ballet do port de bras and often the port de bras must precede the movement.’
      • ‘Although the movement in port de bras is usually continuous, without any pauses or stops from start to finish, it is not done entirely at the same speed.’

Origin

French, literally ‘bearing of (the) arms’.

Pronunciation

port de bras

/ˌpɔː də ˈbrɑː/