port de bras

\ ˌpȯr-də-ˈbrä How to pronounce port de bras (audio) \

Definition of port de bras

: the technique and practice of arm movement in ballet

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Recent Examples on the Web Clad in white, the corps de ballet descends a ramp to the stage in a diagonal snaking pattern, repeating a meditative sequence of arabesques and port de bras. Los Angeles Times, "How Mariinsky Ballet preserves the legacy of its 142-year-old ‘La Bayadère’," 17 Oct. 2019 By the looks of her social media, Miller is under an intense physical therapy regimen to try and make that happen, even completing a port de bras in one video. Mackenzie Dunn, Woman's Day, "Abby Lee Miller Is Officially Cancer Free," 23 May 2019 Lane tended to rely on her steely legwork, as though her upper body port de bras were tacked on as an afterthought. Laura Bleiberg, latimes.com, "ABT's 'Nutcracker,' a new classic worth watching over and over (and over)," 11 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of port de bras

1912, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for port de bras

French, literally, carriage of the arm

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“Port de bras.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/port%20de%20bras. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

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