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Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Terminology Tuesday Cambré

Terminology Tuesday Cambré

The word cambré [kahn-BRAY] means arched. Here is the interesting part: The word is often used to describe any bending port de bras: forward, back, side, etc., but the true ballet term cambré means the body bends from the waist either to the side or to the back. Not forward. This explains why one of my teachers  always said to do a “port de corps forward and cambré back. It also makes perfect sense with the definition of arched.

Therefore, when performed as defined, a cambré doesn’t move forward – only side or back.

Now you know!

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Terminology Secret #38:
“Cambré means arched.”

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