Port de bras is typically considered an exercise for ballet class; however, port de bras is integral to success in other dance styles, as well. A dancer with disconnected arms and upper body alignment can be distracting to watch- plus, it hinders the dancers’ technical progress. The arms must work with the body in order to create the necessary synergy for an optimal performance.

When working on port de bras, make sure students are aware of the following when using their arms- from the shoulder to the fingertips:

  • Placement
  • Transition
  • Engagement

When a student masters the understanding of the port de bras, this is a huge addition to their technical toolbox!

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