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Minimum prerequisites for ballet pas de deux?
By CinderEmma
On Tue Apr 17, 2018 09:08 AM

What are the minimum requirements for an adult female wanting to learn pas de deux? What about for an adult male? Does the male need any prior ballet training before the first pas de deux class?

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re: Minimum prerequisites for ballet pas de deux?
By maureensiobhan
On Wed Apr 18, 2018 02:27 PM
For Both men and women, the minimum age really should be the early teens, and even then only after a minimum of five years of professional level training. Ballet technique and physical strength must be developed, and both boys and girls must have a very strong core to be able to balance. Boys must have a strong upper body to be able to lift his partner. Both partners must be willing to work together. It's a partnership, after all.

As on the male needing prior ballet training before the first pas de deux class, the answer is a resounding [b]yes[b]. He must have years of professional level ballet training. He isn't just standing there supporting the ballerina. In the pas de deux in a full-length ballet, we see the entree, which is the slower beginning of the dance. Here, we will see the lifts and promenades. We then see the male do his solo section, where he's going to be doing ballet movements. There is then the woman't solo. Finally, the dance finishes with a coda. This section is very quick, and will have the male doing very quick grand allegro jumps. The woman will do a series of very quick turns.
re: Minimum prerequisites for ballet pas de deux?
By Storm_Trouper
On Thu Apr 19, 2018 12:05 AM
It depends what your aim is.

If you want to learn basic partnering moves, children can learn the basics with good coaching. It will be childish but it will still be partnering.

If you want to perform for a paying audience then more skill and tuition is required.

Basic supported adage doesn’t require a girl to be on pointe. The moves will be crude and elementary, but who cares? Partnering requires different skills and aptitudes to be developed. They can be learned at a fundamental level at an early stage, say after 3 years of 3 classes per week, male and female, starting as young as age 8 I suppose. It depends on where you want to go with the skills.
re: Minimum prerequisites for ballet pas de deux?
By Storm_Trouper
On Thu May 03, 2018 02:14 PM
See this video of young pas partners, 10-11 years and old, for reference.

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re: Minimum prerequisites for ballet pas de deux?
By Storm_Trouper
On Thu May 03, 2018 02:41 PM
maureensiobhan
MS wrote: For both men and women, the minimum age really should be the early teens, and even then only after a minimum of five years of professional level training.

S_T: OP was asking about ADULTS, meaning late starting adult men and women who are not on a vocational track, but rather are recreationally oriented I believe.

MS: Ballet technique and physical strength must be developed,
and both boys and girls must have a very strong core to be able to balance.
Boys must have a strong upper body to be able to lift his partner.
Both partners must be willing to work together. It's a partnership, after all.

S_T: adults have fully developed growth, unlike still developing youth (boys and girls). ‘Boys’ in ballet can connote both adult males, as well as young males. A male adult late starter has to have confidence and have developed his muscle strength adequately (torso, shoulders, legs, arms), mastered weight transfer and be able to read or sense and anticipate the person he is partnering.

MS: As on the male needing prior ballet training before the first pas de deux class, the answer is a resounding [b]yes[b]. He must have years of professional level ballet training. He isn't just standing there supporting the ballerina.

S_T: initially, male partners do ‘just stand there’ supporting the female dancer. This is how they start generally speaking.

MS: In the pas de deux in a full-length ballet, we see the entree, which is the slower beginning of the dance. Here, we will see the lifts and promenades. We then see the male do his solo section, where he's going to be doing ballet movements. There is then the woman't solo. Finally, the dance finishes with a coda. This section is very quick, and will have the male doing very quick grand allegro jumps. The woman will do a series of very quick turns.

S_T: learning pas2 moves is a related but different process from performing a pas de deux (or trois) choreography. Children as young as 8 years old have been known to do the former. Being able to do the latter is quite a different and involved undertaking, with a different preparation.
re: Minimum prerequisites for ballet pas de deux?
By Storm_Trouper
On Sun May 06, 2018 03:42 AM
here’s a junior pas2 diagonally across the centre enchainement

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