Definition of port de bras in US English:

port de bras

nounPlural ports de bras

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

    ‘one coach told her to change her 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.’
    • ‘The earliest variation is a dizzy variety of port de bras and some swift changes in direction and epaulement.’
    • ‘Perfect placement, open port de bras, expansive sweeps of the legs, speedy footwork, and rapid direction changes fill the studio.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While in the dressing room, do a grand plié in 2nd and port de bras to the back to see how the fabric moves.’
    • ‘In the center work, which includes pas de bourées, sou-sous, and port de bras, Miss Lynn encourages precision without frustration or mannerisms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When Mr. Balanchine gave port de bras forward and back, he wanted us to perfect a beautifully coordinated and integrated movement.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was a hybrid of pointe work and pseudo-oriental port de bras woven into unison formations.’
    • ‘Indeed, the cultured port de bras of Ashton, the dramatic undercurrents of Robbins, and the formal structure of Balanchine are all there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘While the participants performed harmoniously, there was something pretentious about their essentially unison patterns and self-conscious port de bras.’
    • ‘However, steps that require an extreme range of motion like a port de bras, grand battement, or arabesque sometimes can cause back injuries.’
    1. 1.1 An exercise designed to develop graceful movement and disposition of the arms, typically involving a bend accompanied by arm movement.
      • ‘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.’


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


port de bras

/ˌpôr də ˈbrä/