pas de deux


pas de deux

noun \-ˈdə(r), -ˈdü\
plural pas de deux \-ˈdər(z), -ˈdə(z), -ˈdü(z)\

Definition of PAS DE DEUX

1
:  a dance or figure for two performers
2
:  an intricate relationship or activity involving two parties or things

Origin of PAS DE DEUX

French, literally, step for two
First Known Use: circa 1762

Other Dance Terms

attitude, honor, saltatory, sashay, taw

pas de deux

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Dance for two performers. A characteristic part of classical ballet, it includes an adagio, or slow dance, by the ballerina and her partner; solo variations by the male dancer and then the ballerina; and a coda, or conclusion, with both partners dancing together to display their virtuosity. Celebrated pas de deux occur in Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Giselle.

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