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port de bras

[French pawr duh bra] /French pɔr də ˈbra/
noun, Ballet.
1.
the technique of moving the arms properly.
2.
the exercises for developing this technique.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; < French: carriage of arm
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Encyclopedia Article for port de bras

(French: "carriage of the arms"), in classical ballet, both the general arm movements of a dancer and a designated set of exercises designed to improve the quality of these movements. The port de bras of classical ballet is meant to be a graceful and harmonious accent to the movements of the legs.

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