Definition of port de bras in English:

port de bras

Syllabification: port de bras
Pronunciation: /ˌpôr də ˈbrä

noun (plural ports de bras pronounced same)

chiefly Ballet
1An act or manner of moving and posing the arms: one coach told her to change her port de bras
More example sentences
  • However, steps that require an extreme range of motion like a port de bras, grand battement, or arabesque sometimes can cause back injuries.
  • When Stroman demonstrates a step, whether crisp footwork or classical port de bras, her ballet training shines through her baggy, fleece jacket and baseball cap.
  • She glides through Petipa's port de bras or Balanchine's swift beats with a fidelity and clarity rarely seen among the company's exuberant international cast.
1.1An exercise designed to develop graceful movement and disposition of the arms, typically involving a bend accompanied by arm movement.
More example sentences
  • Most people in ballet do port de bras and often the port de bras must precede the movement.
  • Although the movement in port de bras is usually continuous, without any pauses or stops from start to finish, it is not done entirely at the same speed.


French, literally 'bearing of (the) arms'.

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