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"Grand pas de deux" terminology question!
By GannTheGloriousmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 457, member since Tue Aug 28, 2012
On Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:20 AM

So, I had the morning off and parked myself in front of youtube to watch ballet videos. A handful were described as "grand pas de deux," and I couldn't tell what made them grand as opposed to a regular pas de deux, except that they were longer. Is that the only difference, the length, or is there also a difference in choreography or something else? I don't dance pas, so I don't really have an "eye" for it, or any real knowledge.

For reference, the grand pa de deux videos I watched were from Don Q and Nutcracker. I can dig up a link if that would help.

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re: "Grand pas de deux" terminology question!
By maureensiobhan Comments: 4729, member since Wed Dec 24, 2003
On Sat Oct 06, 2012 12:46 AM
Pas de deux involves only one section when the ballerina and her partner dance together. Grand pas de deux involves all four sections: the entree (beginning slower section), the ballerina's solo, the danseur's solo, then the coda (end section that is very quick).

Hope this helped :) .