Pas de deux

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Two dancers from the Ballet Nacional de Cuba performing a pas de deux

In ballet, a pas de deux (French, steps of two) is a duet in which ballet dancers perform the dance together. It usually consists of an entrée, adagio, two variations (one for each dancer), and a coda.

[edit] Notable Pas de deux

[edit] In popular culture

  • Norman McLaren chose a pas de deux as the style of dance for his groundbreaking 1968 animation of the same name.
  • WALL-E contains an outer space pas de deux between two joyous robots.
  • Reality program So You Think You Can Dance has had a pas de deux in both seasons four and five. A contemporary pas de deux, choreographed by Dwight Rhoden and Desmond Richardson was danced by contemporary dancers Katee Shean and William Wingfield in week six of season four. A classical pas de deux was danced by contemporary/hip-hop dancer Ade Obayomi and classical ballerina Melissa Sandvig in week four of season five, choreographed by Thordal Christensen and set to a score from Romeo & Juliet.
  • Pas de deux is mentioned and performed several times in the anime Princess Tutu.
  • Pas de deux is the name of a JAG episode in which several main characters pair off for various story lines.
  • Pas de deux is the name of a Law and Order: Criminal Intent episode in which Goren and Eames pursue a terminally ill bank robber who is planning a final suicide-by-cop bank job.
  • The painting Dancers, Pink and Green (1890) by Edgar Degas (1834-1917) features two dancers on stage performing their pas de deux.

Sometimes the term pas de deux is applied very loosely to a dance for two, whether it is in strict classical form or not. By this definition, any dance for two people is automatically a pas de deux, though many lovers of classical ballet would strongly disagree.

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