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Grand Pas Classique

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Mel Johnson

Right, that's about all there is to say about it. It's not from any ballet, known or unknown; it was just put together for Chauviré and Skouratoff in 1949 as a divertissement all by itself. Actually, it's not a true "grand pas classique", which involves a small number of coryphées and a couple of additional soloists who dance in order to give the principals some breathing time.

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ballerine177

I love the principal's variation (the really hard one. I don't know if there's more than one). It has a crazy amount of relevés!

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Mel Johnson

Well, seeing as there are only two people in it, and one of them's a man....

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ballerine177

Oh. :blink: I didn't know, I've never seen the whole thing. I'll see if I can find a DVD on amazon or something. :) Does it have a story of any sort? Or just variations and a pas?

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Guest pink tights

Full length is only around 10 minutes. Check Youtube or Netflix for vids.

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Mel Johnson

It follows the classical format for the grand pas de deux:

  • Entrée (very brief here)
  • Adagio
  • Man's variation
  • Woman's variation
  • Coda

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ballerine177

I just watched it on youtube. :blink: It was Sylvie Guillem and Manuel Legris of the Paris Opera Ballet. It was amazing. I really like the style. :)

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