Pas de action

Ballet Term Definition

How to say & pronounce Pas de action:

pawh de ak-shun

What does Pas de action translate to?

Dance action

Pas de action, or pas d’action, is a classical ballet term meaning “dance action.”  It describes a scene in a ballet where the story is being told through expressive movements, dance and/or mime.  Almost every classical ballet has a pas d’action since they are all almost story ballets.

Examples of pas d’action include:

  • Giselle, where Hilarion reveals the true identity of Albrecht to Giselle before she dances to her death

 


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