pas de deux

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Pas de deux from Don Quixote
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Pas de deux ( French "steps / dance for two") describes a duet and is often the highlight of a ballet .

Grand pas de deux

A grand pas de deux is a duet between a dancer and a female dancer that is subject to certain formal rules. It is divided into five phases:

  • Entrée
  • Adage
  • Variations for the dancer
  • Variations for the dancer
  • Coda .


At the Entrée (French for “appearance”) the dancers step out of the side street of the stage and open the dance. The entrée is usually an allegro in 3/4 time. The term Adage is derived from "Adagio" from the musical language and means "slow, expressive". The dancer shows balances and rotations in various poses, while being held, lifted or guided by the dancer. The coda is the final movement and is shown together with a virtuoso dance at a fast pace (mostly presto ). The dancers alternate between difficult turns and jumps.

Famous pas de deux

  • Swan Lake , 3rd act: pas de deux of the black swan Odile with Prince Siegfried
  • The Nutcracker , 2nd act: pas de deux of the sugar fairy and the prince
  • Sleeping Beauty , 3rd act: pas de deux of Princess Florine and the Blue Bird
  • Giselle , 2nd act: pas de deux of Giselle and Prince Albrecht
  • Don Quixote , 3rd act: pas de deux of Kitri and Basil
  • Spartacus , 3rd act: pas de deux des Spartacus and Phrygia *
  • La Esmeralda , pas de deux from Esmeralda and Pierre Gringoire

Other forms

In figure skating and vaulting , a duet is also known as a pas de deux .

Web links

Commons : Pas de deux  - collection of images, videos and audio files


  • Eliza Gaynor Minden: The Ballet Companion: A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet . Simon and Schuster, New York 2005, ISBN 0-7432-6407-X .
  • Robert Greskovic: Ballet 101: A Complete Guide To Learning and Loving The Ballet . Hal Leonard Corporation, Pompton Plains 1998, ISBN 0-87910-325-6 .
  • Sabrina Kuffer, Ursula Roth: Ballet: pirouettes, tutu and lace dance . Knowledge is child's play, Regensburg 2007, ISBN 3-86751-000-8 .
  • James Fillis: Principles of dressage and about the art of riding . Georg Olms, Hildesheim / New York 1990 (2nd new edition), ISBN 3-487-08191-1 .