port de bras


: the technique and practice of arm movement in ballet

Examples of port de bras in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Fifth-position port de bras. Jeffrey Gantz, BostonGlobe.com, 22 Oct. 2022 Surrounded by Nets players, Tatum stretches into the air, his arm extending toward the basket in an elegant port de bras. New York Times, 28 June 2022 Along the way, there's a whole lot of pointe work, pliés, and port de bras, made possible by the fact the producers cast real dancers in the lead roles. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, 16 Dec. 2020 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, 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, 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, 11 Dec. 2017

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Word History


French, literally, carriage of the arm

First Known Use

1912, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of port de bras was in 1912

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“Port de bras.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/port%20de%20bras. Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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