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What are cambrés?


Guest Luv2DancePointe

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Guest Luv2DancePointe

Possibly the stupidest question in the world...But, I'm lost! I think they might be what we call in my ballet classes, port de bras. We do them in second: side to side, first: forward to back, fifth: back to forward, and fourth: circular. Is that the same thing?

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Yes, it's the same thing. Cambré is "arched", or bending sideways or backwards. Some people also use it for bending forward, since the term "port de bras", meaning carriage of the arms, is really not correct for bending forward.

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Guest Luv2DancePointe

Thank you very much. Yes, I thought that is what port de bras meant, but it is the termonology that my dance teacher uses. What I mean is, I thought that port de bras had to do with your arms and not necessarily the cambre movement. (I hope I worded that correctly!)

Thanx again for the quick response!

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Port de bras means carriage of the arms. Therefore, I have a hard time with calling the bending forward, back and side "port de bras". However, it is done by a lot of people, so just deal with it! ;)

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