In modern ballet, the main body of movements, usually in the first half of the dance, are called the pas de deux. (Paz de du, paz de dux – pas de dois de dois, or simply pas de dux is called pas de pois – for a better explanation see “Erotic pas de du” in the chart). The first movement of the pas de deux, called the pas de tête, is usually performed in the first half of the dance. If the dancer is in the right place, she will use this, or any pas de tête.
In “the first movement” of the pas de deux is called the pas de la côte (pas la cote – pas de la chambre) which happens before the pas de dux is.
When the dancer is in the right place, this is always the pas de tête.
Here is a picture of the pas de côte in the first pas de deux and pas de la chambre:
In another picture of the pas de chambre, the dancer is standing on the floor. She puts her hands below her knees, so you can see where her feet are on the floor.
If you want to learn more about this topic, check out our lesson “Ones to learn in the pas de tête”, as well as the pas de la côte.
Why do I always feel so much energy in the first half of my pas de côte?
It is the Pas de Chambre that is the key, and also the key to making sure the dancer has the Pas de Chambre with her, every time she performs the pas de dux. As the dancer puts her hands in, she is constantly lifting her legs up to make the steps and then she pulls them down again.
The Pas de Chambre is key to creating momentum. Once momentum is there, the dancer feels the energy on her legs increase. This is part of the Pas de Tête and Pas de Paz de Du in the first half of the pas de côte and often the pas de la chambre as well.
I like to perform the pas de côte as I would in ballet. If I do this, I feel the energy, and when I pull my hands down, the energy comes straight back up.
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