pas de trois

\ ˌpä-də-ˈtrwä How to pronounce pas de trois (audio) , -ˈtwä How to pronounce pas de trois (audio) \
plural pas de trois\ ˌpä-​də-​ˈtrwä(z) How to pronounce pas de trois (audio) , -​ˈtwä(z) \

Definition of pas de trois

: a dance or figure for three performers

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As Benno, Tigran Sargsyan brought his big, easy jumps to the Act 1 pas de trois, though the partnering wasn't yet effortless. Lewis Segal,, "Los Angeles Ballet dips its toes into a cold, calm 'Swan Lake'," 4 Mar. 2018 The screens proved a magnet for the dancers, particularly in a wonderful pas de trois for a couple and a screen. Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Ballet sticks the landing on creative 'MXE' program," 9 Feb. 2018 The careful attention to musicality of all three dancers coupled with the bright red pointe shoes of the two women and the fuchsia accents on Ito’s red tunic made this pas de trois a visual delight. Sean Erwin, miamiherald, "Miami City Ballet’s new production, a ‘Nutcracker’ 2.0," 18 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of pas de trois

circa 1762, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for pas de trois

French, literally, step for three

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