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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Terminology Tuesday Dos Au Public

Terminology Tuesday Dos Au Public

The term dos au public [doh oh pew-BLEEK] means that the dancer’s back is facing the audience.

Now, this is something that doesn’t happen often, since dancers are always taught that they should seldom, if ever, turn their back on the audience. But there are occasions, like an extended pose or tableau of several dancers when the performer may have his/her back turned for an extended period.

So, just in case you need it, there’s a term for it: dos au public.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Terminology Secret #67:
Dos au public means the dancer’s back is facing the audience.”

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