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Friday, June 17, 2016

Fun Friday and Pas de Bourrée

Fun Friday and Pas de Bourrée

One of the most frequently performed steps is probably the pas de bourrée. It can be done in many different directions, and can take several different forms. It can be an open-close-open pattern, or the opposite, close-open-close (as in pas de couru). The term itself means “beating step”.

But the important thing in pas de bourrée is the moment when the legs come together in fifth position, whether it is in relevé or not. This moment requires a good, crossed, and of course lifted, fifth position. Especially in relevé, but to a lesser extent in fifth à terre (on the earth), the moment can be visualized as being in a straw.

So the formula for pas de bourrée could be: “up in the straw, out of the straw, up in the straw…”

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:

Secret #33q:  
Pas de bourrée means “beating step”.

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