Definition of bourrée in English:
1A lively French dance like a gavotte.
- It was also frequently included in the suite as an optional movement and was, like the bourrée and gavotte, usually placed after the sarabande.
- She did not think she was superior to the peasants; she played with them, she visited them, she went to the country dances, she danced the bourrée, she listened to the music.
- All of the bourrées the group played (including on the recording) have this rollicking character, which is unlike what I have heard from other groups.
1.1 Ballet A series of very fast little steps, with the feet close together, typically performed on pointe and giving the impression that the dancer is gliding over the floor.
- Changements, beats, and very fast pas de bourrées are possibilities here.
- Instead it is now often customary to see bourrées that open and close in the effort to cover space.
- This new feat ushered in a new dance vocabulary of hovering balances and quick, light bourrées, as well as a new image of the ballerina as gravity-defying sylph.
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Perform a bourrée.
- The other evening I bourréd and fouettéd all over the house to Swan Lake.
- She bourréd her way onto the Letters to the Editor page of the Globe & Mail.
- She was spectacular, ... bourréing across the stage as if eiderdown in the wind or traveling weightlessly in arabesques voyagées.
Late 17th century: French, literally 'faggot of twigs' (the dance being performed around a fire made with such twigs).
Words that rhyme with bourréeBlu-ray
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